Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Queen of Spades

I am not going to attempt to review every DVD I watch, but this is something special.

Queen of Spades is another all but lost British film that has recently been released. It is an adaptation of a Pushkin short story filmed by Thorold Dickinson in 1948.

Early 19th century St Petersburg was recreated in a cramped studio in Welwyn Garden City, giving the film a theatrical feel. Not because the acting is stagy - it isn't - but because it has a romantic, expressionist look.
As Peter Bradshaw said in the Guardian:
Dickinson's film is full of shadows and mirror reflections: a self-doubting, self-lacerating world in which the horror of eternal damnation is counter-balanced by the thrill of instant riches. An exotic, fascinating film.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

1948 may have been the best ever year for filums, I think Casablanca and a few other great ones date from the year the welkin rang to announce my brith.

So are you lending it out, then?

(Oh . . shhh . . but Labour won a By-election in Blackburn, I know you take an interest . . .)

Anonymous said...

I think it was a gain, and, as the Lib-Dems were second, they may have lost it, if they held it.

But anyway you might like to look into that.

Frank H Little said...

Thorold Dickinson was featured on Radio 4's Film Programme not so long ago, as one of the great lost talents of the British film industry.