Cinema: Mixed Double

THE PRISONER OF ZENDA Directed by Richard Quine Screenplay by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais

At the start, one imagines that this movie is a parody remake of a beloved old movie (based in turn on the even more antique romantic novel by Anthony Hope). Doubtless that is what everyone originally intended. But either the story is so strong and appealing that it resists parody, or else the moviemakers did not, in the end, have the heart to tear its delicious old passions to. tatters—who can say? Anyway, the picture that has emerged is a mild diversion, agreeable...

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