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Editorial Reviews

Grace Kelly is gloriously, glamorously regal in this retelling of Ferenc Molnar's romantic fable about a shy princess whose head tells her to wed a worldly Crown Prince (Alec Guinness), but whose heart is drawn to a dashing commoner (Louis Jourdan). Garbed in dreamy Helen Rose gowns, surrounded by Mittel-European opulence, the leading lady dances, duels, flirts, falls in love and makes even the most jaded moviegoer want to believe in fairy tales. And just to prove that fairy tales can come true, Kelly became a real-life princess as The Swan went into release, marrying Prince Rainier of Monaco in a magnificent royal wedding that captured the world's imagination.

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  • Actors: Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness, Louis Jourdan, Agnes Moorehead, Jessie Royce Landis
  • Directors: Charles Vidor
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CZRE44
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,698 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By H. Koo on December 28, 2009
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A timeless classic! I had heard about this movie from my Mother, who watched it just once when she was a young girl. I gave it to her as this year's Christmas present, and she was thrilled to see it again after 45 years. We watched it together, and I was captivated by its beauty, too. The screenplay, based on Ferenc Molnar's play of the same title, is brilliant, subtle and heartbreaking. The casting couldn't have been chosen better: the gorgeous Grace Kelly, the witty Alec Guinness and Louis Jourdan's intensity and earnestness make it a truly splendid movie, and I'm surprised it is so little-known today. It certainly deserves better recognition. An absolute must for anybody who has a soft spot for romantic stories and who appreciates a meaningful, solidly built dialogue.
(On a technical level, I was satisfied by the good quality of the product: no regrets or complaints at all.)
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One of my favorite films, THE SWAN features an all-star cast: Grace Kelly (her last role before assuming the role as a real princess!), Alec Guinness, Louis Jordan, Agnes Morehead, Leo G. Carroll, Brian Aherne, and Estelle Winwood. Well-scripted and beautifully shot, THE SWAN rises above the level of other 1950s costumers. Guinness brings both humor and wisdom to his portrayal of Prince Albert, and Kelly is suitably "cold" as Princess Alexandra. Agnes Morehead and Estelle Winwood steal scenes with their hilarious lines and bluff and bluster.

One note: my copy was actually in the PAL format and played just fine on my "all regions" DVD player, but you might want to be certain about the format. (All regions DVD players can be had fairly easily; I acquired one via online shopping from Illinois for about $65-$70).

Highly recommended. Hopefully an NTSC edition will emerge soon.
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Although The Swan is rather a filmed play than an epic,it is so well played than you don't get bored at all.Grace KELLY and Louis JOURDAN are very good, but it is Alec GUINNESS who steals the show...This ARCHIVE COLLECTION DVD has obviously been remastered and it shows ! the stereo track is very clear, and the colors not too faded for such an old movie (1955) Thank you again, AMAZON !
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Beautiful movie. Grace Kelly looks VERY regal with her hairdo and gowns. Grace is perfectly cast as Princess Alexandra, a shy young woman who is being considered to marry her cousin, Albert (actor Alec Guinness), the heir to the throne. Albert just doesn't seem to win Grace's affections when he arrives at the palace with his sleeping-in while the rest of them are patiently waiting to dine with him as well as his interest in playing with Alexandra's younger brothers.

Actress Estelle Winwood plays one of Alexandra's relatives, Symphorosa, and she also guest starred on one of my all-time favorite 1960s classic TV shows entitled "Bewitched" as one of Samantha's (actress Elizabeth Montgomery) aunts in the earlier seasons. She is very comically funny in this as well as actress Agnes Moorehead who plays Queen Maria + Albert's mother (and who played Endora, Samantha's mother, on "Bewitched" also). Unfortunately, Queen Maria's character isn't featured until towards the end of the movie and she's absolutely brilliant in this. She has great comic timing. It's a shame they didn't use her character more. If you're also a fan of the TV show "Bewitched" then this movie is a must-see for these two actresses.

Actor Louis Jourdan plays the tutor in this movie, who is able to win Alexandra's affections after she uses him to try to make Albert jealous per her mother's request. I'm also a huge fan of the Doris Day movie "Julie" which was also released around the time of this movie. In "Julie" Louis Jordan plays an obsessive controlling husband so it's nice to see him play a romantic role in this film. He's also very-well cast in this film.

I won't give away the whole plot of the movie, as I'm sure other reviewers have done so and you may not want to know. I will say that it's one of my favorite Grace Kelly movies and it's a very beautiful movie.
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The Swan is Grace Kelly at her loveliest. That alone makes the film worth viewing for her fans. The story is a bit silly and out of another time, but what makes this video entertaining are the many excellent performances by
Kelly and others in the cast. Brain Ahern's performance, alone, as the monastic, world-wise uncle is worth the price of the DVD. Louis Jourdan as the brilliant but peasant tutor who falls in love with Princess Alexandra (Kelly) also gives a splendid and passionate performance. Alec Guiness is himself, which is the role he ususally plays, but in The Swan his aristocratic, snobbish, slightly wodden character works. So all in all, this is a DVD for pure escape to an earlier and simpler time. It's an inside-out Cinderella story with all the whimsey and unreality one should expect in this mythical kingdom. Finally, the film was shot at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, and the setting alone is a delight, especially for those who have actually visited.
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A charming fable with Alec Guiness at his best and Grace Kelly at her most beautiful. A whole gang of other splendid actors and actresses enliven the story. Lovers of Sir. Alec, be aware that his role is quite limited. I gave The Swan only four stars because it seemed overly long for such a simple plot (though the running time is given as only 108 minutes), and because I got bored with the sentimental love scenes between Grace Kelly and Louis Jourdan, but I admit I've never cared for the merciless typecasting Mr. Jourdan has had to endure.
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