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In Defense of Kids

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1983
  • Gene Reynolds
  • PG

Summary

An artist's model in 19th-century Paris becomes an opera star thanks to the influence of a sinister mesmerist. Period melodrama based on George du Maurier's novel Trilby, starring Donald Wolfit, Hildegarde Neff, Harry Secombe and Alfie Bass

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

George du Maurier's novel Trilby, on which this film is based, was notorious in the late Victorian era for its overblown sexuality, telling the story of a manipulative music teacher/hypnotist called Svengali and a beautiful Irish artist's model called Trilby O'Ferrall who falls under his baleful spell. Set in Paris, it's a story of sexual jealousy that, in this version, conforms to censorship demands of the time and is less suggestive than the 1931 John Barrymore film (itself a remake of a 1915 silent). However, it's worth seeing for Donald Wolfit hamming away for all he's worth as the menacing Svengali. The unfortunate Trilby is played by Hildegarde Neff, who brings off the difficult last scene superbly.

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