Saraband for Dead Lovers
|Saraband for Dead Lovers|
|Directed by||Basil Dearden|
|Produced by||Michael Balcon
Michael Relph (associate producer)
|Written by||Helen Simpson (novel)
|Music by||Alan Rawsthorne|
|Edited by||Michael Truman|
|Distributed by||Eagle-Lion Films
General Film Distributors
J. Arthur Rank Film
|4 October 1948|
|Box office||1,315,516 admissions (France)|
Saraband for Dead Lovers (released in the United States. as Saraband) is a 1948 British historical drama film directed by Basil Dearden and starring Stewart Granger and Joan Greenwood. It is based on the novel by Helen Simpson. Set in seventeenth century Hanover, it depicts the doomed romance between Philip Christoph von Königsmarck and Sophia Dorothea of Celle, the wife of the Elector of Hanover.
Sophie Dorothea (Joan Greenwood) seeks solace from dashing Count Philip Konigsmark (Stewart Granger) when her husband Prince George Louis (Peter Bull), later to become King George I of Great Britain, wants nothing to do with her. The lovers are brought down by a jealous Countess Platen (Flora Robson).
- Stewart Granger as Count Philip Konigsmark
- Joan Greenwood as Sophie Dorothea
- Flora Robson as Countess Clara Platen
- Françoise Rosay as The Electress Sophia
- Frederick Valk as The Elector Ernest Augustus
- Peter Bull as Prince George Louis
- Anthony Quayle as Durer
- Michael Gough as Prince Charles
- Megs Jenkins as Frau Busche
- Jill Balcon as Knesbeck
- David Horne as Duke George William
- Mercia Swinburne as Countess Eleanore
- Cecil Trouncer as Major Eck
- Noel Howlett as Count Platen
- Barbara Leake as Maria, Clara's Maid
- Miles Malleson as Lord of Misrule
- Anthony Lang as Young Prince George
- Rosemary Lang as Young Princess Sophie
- Edward Sinclair as Nils
- Allan Jeayes as Governor of Ahlden
- Aubrey Mallalieu as Envoy at Ahlden
- Guy Rolfe as Envoy at Ahlden
- Christopher Lee as Duke Anthony von Wolfenbuttel
Mai Zetterling was originally announced for the lead role. She then asked to be excused "on account of a domestic incident" and Lili Palmer was going to play the role instead. Eventually Joan Greenwood played it.
George MacDonald Fraser, writing in 1988, said of the film,"Saraband tells the story [of Sophia and Konigsmark] with complete fidelity, and only the smallest of romantic touches, and makes an enthralling film of it. Stewart Granger (Konigsmark) was born for this kind of costume picture, and Joan Greenwood is an appealing Sophia. ... Best of all, the film conveys in a few brief scenes, the stifling monotony of court life in a pretentious little German state; in this too, Saraband is good history."
- UK goth band The Sex Gang Children have a song called Saraband for Dead Lovers.
- Box office information for Stewart Granger films in France at Box Office Story
- "NY Times: Saraband for Dead Lovers". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- LONDON HAILS A LADY OF 'GREAT EXPECTATIONS': Jean Simmons Acclaimed for Performance In Dickens Film--'Round the Studios By C.A. LEJEUNE.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 02 Feb 1947: X5.
- LONDON CHEERS PAULETTE GODDARD: Star Proves to Be Own Best Press Agent--Of Studio Activities By C.A. LEJEUNE. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 30 Mar 1947: X5.
- Fraser, George MacDonald (1988). The Hollywood History of the World. London: Michael Joseph Limited. p. 118. ISBN 0-7181-2997-0.
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