The very contemporary Leigh takes a pass at Victorian England for his very long and chatty look at life in the theatre. His focus is on the comic-opera partnership of irascible lyricist W.S. Gilbert (Broadbent) and pleasure-loving composer, Sir Arthur Sullivan (Corduner). Their latest creation (after 10 hits) is a flop, causing a serious rift but Gilbert, after a visit to a Japanese art exhibit, is inspired to write "The Mikado" and pulls Sullivan back in. The film then follows the production of the opera from rehearsal to the 1885 premiere with all its difficulties and triumphs.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 160 minutes.
Originally from British.
Oscars 1999: Costume Des., Makeup; British Acad. 1999: Makeup; N.Y. Film Critics 1999: Director (Leigh), Film; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1999: Director (Leigh), Film.
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