The Swan (Remaster)
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(On a technical level, I was satisfied by the good quality of the product: no regrets or complaints at all.)
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Grace Kelly is so royal in this movie. Thanks for the good service.Published 4 months ago by dolores pinchin
I had seen and heard mixed reviews about this film, but after watching it I must own a copy. The setting at the elegant Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, NC is always wonderful to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Chris
Superb performances by Grace Kelly and Louis Jourdan! I feel the description "Romantic Comedy" doesn't do justice to the heartache portrayed by Kelly & Jordan, who fall in... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alan P. Caron
I couldn't get into the movie. I don't know how or why the title came about.Published 10 months ago by Jackie Pike
The pageantry, the acting, the color and the picture are superb.Published 10 months ago by Bejamin The Observer
I like classic movies. This one is fun to watch for me, because Her Serene Highness, the Princess Grace of Monaco gave me many signed photos spanning a few decades. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JeffandKim
Bought this for my grandma as she has been looking for it for a while. Great movie and great product.Published 12 months ago by Jeremiah Nunez
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