History Film / ThePrisonerOfZenda

4th Feb '17 8:44:48 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* PlayingAgainstType: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., as a ''villain?'' That's playing against ''two generations'' of type.
4th Feb '17 8:41:57 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ActingForTwo: Ronald Colman in the lead role. This was one of Ron's specialties; he'd been playing dual roles of one sort or another since his silent film days.
23rd Jan '17 5:38:10 PM jamespolk
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* SarcasticClap: Ramon Novarro's Rupert has some of the same droll humor that Fairbanks brought to the 1937 version. In this one he gives a little sarcastic clap after Antoinette slaps him.

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* SarcasticClap: SarcasticClapping: Ramon Novarro's Rupert has some of the same droll humor that Fairbanks brought to the 1937 version. In this one he gives a little sarcastic clap after Antoinette slaps him.
23rd Jan '17 5:37:00 PM jamespolk
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''The Prisoner of Zenda'' is the 1937 David O. Selznick [[{{Swashbuckler}} Swashbuckling]] film adaptation of the classic {{Adventure}} [[ThePrisonerOfZenda novel]] by Anthony Hope. Of the numerous adaptations of the novel (1913, 1915, 1922, 1952, 1979, and, in a TV version, 1984), this version, directed by John Cromwell, is generally considered the best, and, indeed, one of the greatest swashbucklers ever made.

The film stars Creator/RonaldColman in the dual role of Rudolf Rassendyll, English gentleman, and Rudolph V, the ne'er-do-well king (the name is spelled both ways in the film); and co-stars Madeleine Carroll, as the lovely and lively Princess Flavia, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., as the [[AffablyEvil wicked but engaging]] Count Rupert of Hentzau. Raymond Massey as the saturnine and ambitious Duke Michael, Mary Astor as his beautiful but hapless mistress Antoinette de Mauban, C. Aubrey Smith as the crusty, Macchiavellian Colonel Zapt [''sic''], and DavidNiven (in his first major role) as the faithful though feckless Fritz von Tarlenheim lend sterling support. The sweeping romantic score, supported by use of Wagnerian [[{{Leitmotif}} leitmotives]] is by Music/AlfredNewman.

MetroGoldwynMayer remade the film in 1952, directed by Richard Thorpe, with Stewart Granger, Creator/DeborahKerr, and James Mason in the Colman, Carroll, and Fairbanks roles. The film was more or less a Technicolor carbon copy of the 1937 film, reusing the same script, score, and even camera angles. It was not considered a great success, however. Creator/PeterSellers remade the movie as a comedy ([[SubvertedTrope subverting]] and [[InvertedTrope inverting]] many of the tropes associated with this film) in 1979, also less than successfully.

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''The Prisoner of Zenda'' is the 1937 David O. Selznick [[{{Swashbuckler}} Swashbuckling]] There have been many film adaptation of the classic {{Adventure}} [[ThePrisonerOfZenda novel]] by Anthony Hope. Of the numerous adaptations of the Anthony Hope novel (1913, ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda''. There were silent versions in 1913 and 1915, 1922, 1952, 1979, and, another silent version in 1922 starring Lewis Stone as Rudolf/Rudolph and Ramon Novarro as Rupert, a TV version, 1984), this version, directed by John Cromwell, is generally considered the best, and, indeed, 1952 version with Stewart Granger, Creator/JamesMason, and Creator/DeborahKerr, a 1979 version starring Creator/PeterSellers in one of the greatest swashbucklers ever made.his last roles, and a TV movie version in 1984.

The most famous, however, is the 1937 David O. Selznick production directed by John Cromwell. The film stars Creator/RonaldColman in the dual role of Rudolf Rassendyll, English gentleman, and Rudolph V, the ne'er-do-well king (the name is spelled both ways in the film); and co-stars Madeleine Carroll, as the lovely and lively Princess Flavia, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., as the [[AffablyEvil wicked but engaging]] Count Rupert of Hentzau. Raymond Massey as the saturnine and ambitious Duke Michael, Mary Astor as his beautiful but hapless mistress Antoinette de Mauban, C. Aubrey Smith as the crusty, Macchiavellian Colonel Zapt [''sic''], and DavidNiven Creator/DavidNiven (in his first major role) as the faithful though feckless Fritz von Tarlenheim lend sterling support. The sweeping romantic score, supported by use of Wagnerian [[{{Leitmotif}} leitmotives]] is by Music/AlfredNewman.

MetroGoldwynMayer remade the film in 1952, directed by Richard Thorpe, with Stewart Granger, Creator/DeborahKerr, and James Mason in the Colman, Carroll, and Fairbanks roles. The film was more or less a Technicolor carbon copy of the 1937 film, reusing the same script, score, and even camera angles. It was not considered a great success, however. Creator/PeterSellers remade the movie as a comedy ([[SubvertedTrope subverting]] and [[InvertedTrope inverting]] many of the tropes associated with this film) in 1979, also less than successfully.
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23rd Jan '17 5:29:52 PM jamespolk
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* SarcasticClap: Ramon Novarro's Rupert has some of the same droll humor that Fairbanks brought to the 1937 version. In this one he gives a little sarcastic clap after Antoinette slaps him.
23rd Jan '17 5:20:54 PM jamespolk
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* SuccessionCrisis

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* SuccessionCrisisSuccessionCrisis: Rudolph is in line to the throne but his younger and probably more competent brother Michael lusts for power.


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* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: A creepy dwarf assassin is sent to kill Rassendyl but is interrupted JustInTime.
23rd Jan '17 10:18:19 AM jamespolk
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* VillainExitStageLeft: Hentzau's HighDiveEscape into the moat at the end of the climactic sword duel may just be the most famous exit in the history of cinema
* YouFightLikeACow: Rassendyll and Hentzau have a classic exchange of repartee, both verbal and metallic, in the final SwordFight.

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* VillainExitStageLeft: Hentzau's HighDiveEscape into the moat at the end of the climactic sword duel may just be the most famous exit in the history of cinema
* YouFightLikeACow: Rassendyll and Hentzau have a classic exchange of repartee, both verbal and metallic, in the final SwordFight.
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* YouFightLikeACow: Rassendyll and Hentzau have a classic exchange of repartee, both verbal and metallic, in the final SwordFight.
21st Jan '17 10:13:32 PM jamespolk
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* GoodHairEvilHair: Ramon Novarro as Rupert sports both an evil pointy Van Dyke and a pencil mustache.

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* GoodHairEvilHair: Ramon Novarro as Rupert sports both an evil pointy Van Dyke and a pencil mustache.mustache.
* ImagineSpot: Michael imagines himself as King, with crown and scepter and all that stuff, until Rudolf arrives impersonating Rudolph and ruins it.
21st Jan '17 2:05:15 PM jamespolk
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!!Tropes:

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!!Tropes:
!!Tropes found in the 1937 film:



* AdaptationDyeJob: Flavia is a redhead in the novel, but she is played by the "golden-haired goddess," Madeleine Carroll who is a classic pale-skinned beauty. Deborah Kerr, a redhead, played Flavia in the 1952 version, and Lynne Frederick (Creator/PeterSellers' last wife) was given a literal dye job for the 1979 remake.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: Flavia is a redhead in the novel, but she is played by the "golden-haired goddess," Madeleine Carroll who is a classic pale-skinned beauty. Deborah Kerr, a redhead, played Flavia in the 1952 version, and Lynne Frederick (Creator/PeterSellers' last wife) was given a literal dye job for the 1979 remake.



* LostInImitation: The director of the 1952 version watched this film frame by frame and copied all the set-ups exactly. The score was also recycled. It didn't work.



* PublicDomainSoundtrack: In the midst of the original score by Alfred Newman, the coronation scene is accompanied by an anthem to the tune of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF9jGNvbWbM See, the Conqu'ring Hero Comes]]" from Händel's ''Judas Maccabaeus''. This was probably inspired by the use of Händel anthems, such as ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPkzt9vklAw Zadok the Priest]]" at British coronations.

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* PublicDomainSoundtrack: In the midst of the original score by Alfred Newman, Music/AlfredNewman, the coronation scene is accompanied by an anthem to the tune of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF9jGNvbWbM See, the Conqu'ring Hero Comes]]" from Händel's ''Judas Maccabaeus''. This was probably inspired by the use of Händel anthems, such as ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPkzt9vklAw Zadok the Priest]]" at British coronations.



* RemakeCameo: Lewis Stone, who starred as Rudolf/Rudolph in the 1922 silent version, appears as the cardinal in the 1952 version.



* {{Ruritania}}: Actually never mentioned by name in the entire 1937 film. It is mentioned in the 1952 film, however.
* ShotForShotRemake: The 1952 version. The director, Richard Thorpe, actually sat watching the earlier film in an 8mm viewer, and copying from that.

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* {{Ruritania}}: Actually never mentioned by name in the entire 1937 film. It is mentioned in the 1922 and 1952 film, however.
* ShotForShotRemake: The 1952 version. The director, Richard Thorpe, actually sat watching the earlier film in an 8mm viewer, and copying from that.
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!!Tropes found in the 1922 film:

* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Ramon Novarro, in one of his first starring roles, playing a bad guy (Rupert). Novarro would soon become one of the more prominent leading men of the silent era.
* GoodHairEvilHair: Ramon Novarro as Rupert sports both an evil pointy Van Dyke and a pencil mustache.
* KissingCousins: Flavia is betrothed to Rudolph, her first cousin.
* PragmaticAdaptation: This version actually makes Rudolf Rassendyl an English baron, thus making it marginally more likely that his family, now minor nobility, might have a little bit of a German royal family mixed in.
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!!Tropes found in the 1952 film:

* LostInImitation: The director of the 1952 version watched this film frame by frame and copied all the set-ups exactly. The score was also recycled. It didn't work.
* RemakeCameo: Lewis Stone, who starred as Rudolf/Rudolph in the 1922 silent version, appears as the cardinal.
* ShotForShotRemake: The 1952 version. The director, Richard Thorpe, actually sat watching the earlier film in an 8mm viewer, and copying from that.
13th Jul '16 4:59:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedHeadedHero: Played straight in the book but averted (probably, though it's hard to tell in black and white) here as the hero/king are both played by the brown-haired Ronald Colman.
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