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Mike Leigh United Kingdom, 1999

Richmond Hill's rating of the film Topsy-Turvy

An odd collision of Leigh and G&S. There's not much joy in the music or insight into the partnership. Instead a rather long application of Leigh's semi-improvised mode of operation plonked on top of something that feels immovable. Nothing is sacrosanct, but the lively zest of the Savoy Operas is in short supply here. The Story of Gilbert & Sullivan did it better despite 1950s British cinema timidity.