DVD - 2011
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Dramatization about the creation of The Mikado, exploring the tensions produced by the differences of temperment and style between Gilbert and Sullivan.
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection, [2011]
Edition: DVD ed. director-approved two-DVD special ed
ISBN: 9781604653977
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.120922 Gil 3558
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (160 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container +,1 booklet (18 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)


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Mar 07, 2019

Directed by Mike Leigh in 1999, this British musical drama depicts the creative conflict during the 15-month period in 1884 and 1885 leading up to the premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "The Mikado".
Although an in-depth illustration of British life in the theatre during the Victorian era appears interesting, the drama itself seems dull and slow-paced.
In any case, the comic opera seems ridiculous to the eyes of the native Japanese.

Jan 26, 2019

Love the music and lyrics.

Jan 18, 2019

Director Mike Leigh being who he is, you might suspect this film of being an exposé of imperialism and other ills of late 19th century England; and Leigh does make the occasional anvilacious point. But don't let that put you off. Topsy-turvy is a delightful comedy-drama, about the highs and lows of creating Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. It starts slowly, but have patience. Excellent performances, beautiful costumes and sets, a shrewd and compassionate script, and of course beautiful music. If you enjoy movies about putting on a show, watch this instead of the wildly over-hyped Hollywood competitors. Topsy-turvy is one of the great movies of the 1990s.

Jun 04, 2017

Fantastic fun British dramedy~ outstanding cast and singing is top notch ~ 420

May 18, 2017

'Mr. Turner', and this one make use of what has been described as 'heritage culture'. Whereas 'Mr. Turner' is focused on an individual artist within his culture, this goes into collaborative work, even very pointedly extending to contributions from cast and crew. For all of the obvious craft on display, the focus, such as it is, is on the day to day progress of getting 'The Mikado' on stage. It seems to me the possible interest here is at the edges, left hanging. On the other hand, we get a good picture of how men manage to get together to do something in that era, from someone who get things done in this one. There's even a beggar in the works.

Dec 02, 2015

Beautiful production values. The singing actors are all very good. Rather long (3 hrs). Sort of bowls you over the first time you see it. Gets better with each successive viewing. I am in love with this film.

Nov 30, 2015

Delightful, colorful and so well acted. Check out Shirley Henderson and Kevin McKidd among so many others.

Jul 30, 2015

Gorgeous set design, gorgeous costumes, gorgeous and hilarious script, gorgeous and hilarious acting, gorgeous sound, and if you are a G & S fan you will be absolutely in your glory!!

Masterful film-making. A soothing tonic in an era of copious ADHD-exploiting movie dreck.

Jan 26, 2015

Watched the Guardians of the Galaxy. Topsy-Turvy was a welcome cleanser after the noise and worthless spectacle of GoG. Mike Leigh is an under appreciated director. His movies show real people acting like real people!

Apr 23, 2014

We could not get the English subtitles to stop!! The film is in English!! Most annoying ... we finally gave up.

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