Saturday, May 3, 2008

Best of British Films - 2

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999)

Perhaps not altogether true to the books, but Richard E Grant’s performance as the eponymous hero was wonderful, and he was ably matched by his onscreen wife Margeurite (Elizabeth McGovern). Martin Shaw was okay as Chauvelin but Ronan Vibert stole the show even from Grant with his portrayal of Robespierre. Proof yet again that no-one does period drama quite as well as the BBC, who also produced the brilliant mini-series Pride and Prejudice and Wives and Daughters - which, not being movies as such, sadly don’t really qualify for this top ten list.

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