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.

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