Saraband for Dead Lovers

Saraband for Dead Lovers

Basil Dearden (1948)

U Certificate


Our Score
Audiences wanted colour, upholstery and royalty in the postwar era, and this sumptuous British movie about a claim to the Hanoverian throne of England has all the ingredients. Joan Greenwood (a husky seductress of so many British actors) plays the king's wife, but she fancies Stewart Granger, a Swedish count of indifferent pedigree and accent, who was previously involved with Flora Robson, who goes into a fit of jealous rage. It's a shame that Basil Dearden and Michael Relph directed it with straight faces, but no one, thankfully, could suppress Greenwood in full flounce and, later on, mourning glory.


A woman trapped in a loveless marriage to the future king of England falls for an aristocrat romantically linked to a possessive countess. Period drama, starring Stewart Granger, Joan Greenwood, Francoise Rosay and Flora Robson.

Cast & Crew

Count Philip Konigsmark Stewart Granger
Sophie Dorothea Joan Greenwood
Electress Sophie Françoise Rosay
Countess Platen Flora Robson
Elector Ernest Augustus Frederick Valk
Prince George-Louis Peter Bull
Durer Anthony Quayle
Frau Busche Megs Jenkins
Prince Charles Michael Gough
Knesbeck Jill Balcon
John Gregson
Director Basil Dearden
Director Michael Relph
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video and DVD