Oscar Wilde’s enduringly hilarious story of two young women who think themselves engaged to the same nonexistent man is given the grand Technicolor treatment. Seldom has a classic stage comedy been so engagingly transferred to the screen.
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I suppose that you really have to be in the mood for such movies. True that actors are really good, true that Oscar Wilde's dialogues are exquisite and true that Edith Evans' (by the way, check out Bryan Forbes' THE WHISPERERS with this great lady) performance is terrific. Nonetheless, you really have to be in the mood to see and appreciate this kind of film. And I was not. I should have seen a giallo instead.
The comedy is dry as a bone, and I loved the concept. Have never read Wilde's original, but I have to be believe this was a very close adaptation, given its overall feel. The two Michaels give great performances, great Technicolor, what more can you ask for? Classic stage play done faithfully and thus preserved for us to view over and over today.