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Genevieve

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A simply delightful romp, and easily one of the best-loved and most inventive British comedies of the post war ear, which follows the exploits and misfortunes of two highly competitive friends, as they race against each other in the famous London to Brighton car rally. John Gregson stars as a stiff-shirted lawyer, who gets baited by his boisterous friend (Kenneth More) to wager a bet on who will win the race. For support, the two car enthusiasts enlist the aid of their wives, Dinah Sheridan and Kay Kendall, who provide the glamour and much of the comic sparkle. Gorgeous color photography makes the beauty of the town and country scenes really come to life and a wonderfully inventive harmonica soundtrack by Larry Adler, keeps the movie s pace and everyone s spirits in high gear! Bonus Features: Documentary - A Profile of Genevieve : An amusing look at the madcap motoring movie - includes interviews with Dinah Sheridan (starring actress), Clive Donner (Film Editor), Christopher Challis (Director of Photography) and Larry Adler (Composer) as well as featuring the veteran cars themselves! Photo & Poster Gallery Product Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital 2.0 & 5.1 Enhanced; RT - 86 minutes; Color; Aspect Ratio - 1.37:1 - Video: 4x3; Year - 1953; SRP - $19.99

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  • Actors: Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kay Kendall, Kenneth More, Geoffrey Keen
  • Directors: Henry Cornelius
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Enhanced, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ET9OPY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,325 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on April 15, 2013
"Genevieve," (1953). This Oscar-nominated classic British comedy comes down the years not only in full color, most unusual for the time, but in lastingly saturated color of the green English countryside. The early road picture, directed by Henry Cornelius, follows two couples entered in the London-to-Brighton classic car rally. Their friendly rivalry heats up when during a quarrel, Alan McKim ,(John Gregson), wagers more than he can afford, that he and his wife Wendy, (Dinah Sheridan), in their antique car Genevieve, will win the race. Thereby beating Ambrose Claverhouse (Kenneth More) and his fashion model date Rosalind Peters (Kay Kendall) to their destination. They pull various dirty tricks which escalate to acts of sabotage as the two teams race back toward London's Westminster Bridge. Ambrose's date Rosalind must endure her wet and dirty maiden voyage on the rally; Wendy McKim, on the other hand, knows the drill, and has packed extra clothes. This fondly remembered movie has been hard to find for years; it is now available - with subtitles, how helpful!--though not so many extras on the disk.

I believe it was an accepted principle of comedy that a production should be filtered through the sensibilities of `normal' people. Thus we have the McKims, as played by Dinah Sheridan (who gets top billing), and John Gregson, given more screen time and higher star billings. But I can claim no knowledge of either of them. Much better known today are the comic actor Kenneth More, (The 39 Steps) as Claverhouse. And, outstandingly, though she left us shockingly young, Kay Kendall (
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Again watching "Genevieve," after having seen it once and something like 50 years ago, my faint memory of it was vindicated as a cunningly charming and wonderfully delightful picture. To call it a masterpiece of British humor would be half-right; it is a masterpiece, but of a distinctly English brand -a type which often made innocent fun of their own reserved propriety and uniquely English chauvinism, resented by the Scots and Irish, but cherished by Americans. What a happy discovery it is to learn that "Genevieve," as well as other low-budget and precious gems such as "The Smallest Show on Earth (1957)," or, "Brief Encounter" (1945), has earned a continuing and current appreciation. What was shelved by Rank as unshowable proved to be a success, and, consequently a more enduring project than many immediate successes.
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A trip down memory lane. Halcyon days, those of my youth watching those "Jalopies" making their way from London to Brighton...those that survived the journey. Like a marathon run for octogenarians, we knew there would be casualties and many that wouldn't make it. Gregson and crew beautifully captured the passion and commitment of this unique motoring clique, and Dinah Sheridan and Kay Kendall portrayed the forbearance of many of the women who, though they didn't quite share their partner's manic commitment, still embraced the experience. With all their heart, sometimes not, but still they were there. A reflection of a bygone time. These days, though the cars are fewer, there are more women entrants, a fact I find wonderous. Kenneth More is his own irascible self. Brilliant! This item was very well packaged, arrived in wonderful condition and very promptly.
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One if the greatest British comedies from the early '50s, itvwas not expected to be the hit it became. The musical score is charming as are the antique cars. I saw the actual Genevieve at this year's London-Brighton Veteran Car Run, and it is still going strong. The antique car fan an the whole family will enjoy this movie!
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VCI Entertainment present a clip (blu-ray resolution?) on their website, and it shows - in spite of the limitations of streaming - a beautiful and stable image, with secure and consistent colours and fine detail. This is far better than other DVD copies I have seen, and assume VCI worked with master material provided by Carlton Entertainment in the UK. For a 60 year old film, the quality appears fantastic, so it's disappointing to read that other viewers are critical. The film itself has a gentle, ironic humour, with some stunning acting from the lovely Joyce Grenfell: she steals the scene, as she did in a brief appearance in Hitchcock's 'Stage Fright'.
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GENEVIEVE is a wonderfully gentle English comedy, made in
simpler times (1954). Two couples, aficionados of old 1900-
Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang automobiles, on an vintage car
rally, challenge each other to a race back
to London from the country.

Tricks, traps and situations abound;
the clever ways they try to outdo each other are delightful.
Kenneth More excels as a brash roadhog out to wager - and win! -
at any cost.

A gentle gift from the past, this Rank Collection feature
from VCI provides surprisingly good image and audio quality.
It's the perfect movie for a quiet Friday night by the fire -
and if you like this one, check out THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT
(from the Ealing Studios Comedy Collection). That one's about
a little train engine that could.
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