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The Swan (3rd)
- Roger Propes
Granted that Grace Kelly was never a great actress, but her elegant beauty was enough to make her a star to compete successfully with the other 5 female beauties who dominated the mid-'50s, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Day, and Deborah Kerr, each of whom represented a different place on the actress spectrum of stardom. As for Louis Jourdan, he was 35 and had a respectable American career despite his French accent, and played the lover in such hits as Madame Bovary, Three Coins in the Fountain, and Gigi. He acted until the age of 71. The pair make a more creditable version of the Molnar play than 37 year old Lillian Gish and Conrad Nagel in the first talkie film in 1930. (The 1925 silent version starred Frances Howard, wife of Samuel Goldwyn, who only made 4 movies, Adolph Menjou, and Ricardo Cortez.)
The Swan Princess
Watch this and all I can picture is the great Eva LaGalliene and Basil Rathbone as the tutor and his princess
"You see, I want to be a queen"
- Dan O'C
It's very poignant and bittersweet to view "Thw Swan" almost 30 years after the untimely death of Princess Grace. In this, her next to last film in her role of a winsome young princess in love for the first time, it's almost a dress rehearsal for her life's role. She's exquisite, with a delicate touch and vulnerability in this fragile fairy tale. During it's filming she was secretly corresponding with Prince Rainier , and her own life was mirroring her character's, Princess Alexandra who has a difficult decision to make. Grace Kelly is perfectly cast, no one but Audrey Hepburn and she could play royalty so beautifully and believably, they are both sorely missed and truly irrreplaceble The rest of the cast in uniformly excellent expecially Louis Jourdan's darkly handsome, lovesick tutor, Alec Guiness' insufferably smug Prince Albert, Agnes Moorehead as his imperious mother the Queen, and finally the wondeful Jesse Royce Landis playing Grace Kelly's mother a second memorable time. This is a handsomely produced, lovely to look at, wryly sentimental romantic comedy. Try it, it's worth a viewing, especially if you're an ardent Grace Kelly fan as I am.
- brian haggerty
I found it absolutely charming. Grace Kelly was wonderful, much better than her Oscar winning The Country Girl, which was a good performance, but not great. Louis Jordan was incredibly charming and so perfect, a shame his career did not "take off" the way it should have. Supporting cast is a delight and Alec Guinness is showing us what is going to happen with River Kwai coming in the near future. The story is very timely and shows us what happens when these "Royal" marriages happen (and we have seen this in our era, sadly). And sadder to make any connections with its lead actress and her own persoanl life. I'd go for it if you like a classy film. It is not for everyone, but you decide. It's worth it.
Charming Tale of a Beautiful If Clumsy Princess
For those of us who enjoy witty, literate films, The Swan is a delightful confection. Performances are uniformly wonderful, as are all other aspects, including direction, costuming, set design, and musical score. This film needs to be released on DVD, preferably with some "whistles and bells" that include the film's trailer (available on this site), information about Molnar, and of course the significance of the film in terms of Grace Kelly's subsequent marriage.
This movie was a bore. Grace Kelly walked blankfaced, wan and bland through the whole affair. But, with few exceptions, that was her typical "acting" style. I must say, however, the rest of the cast, was delightful. If only there had been a vibrant, beautiful leading lady.
Please relese a home video
- Eleanro brown
One of the more meaningfull movies - with outstanding performances and cast -needs to air on Tcm as no other network has -
It is a different movie!
It's different because it doesn't end in the normal fairy tale fashion with everyone living happily ever after. I love the comedy of this film. Alec Guinness does a wonderful job portraying the indifferent Prince Albert. We used to rent it on VHS at our local video store quite often. Now I can't rent it anywhere. I would love to see it again. It has been years.
The Swan (eye candy to me)
i only caught a portion of this movie about a year ago. i have been longing ever since to see it again. my daughter in law tried to buy it for me at christmas, but sadly it is not available. it is so beautifully done, i was mesmerized. i pray i will some day get my hands on it.