- Actores: Joss Ackland, Hugh Grant, Ray McAnally, Greta Scacchi, Susan Fleetwood
- Directores: Michael Radford
- Productores: Simon Bosanquet, Simon Perry
- Formato: Importación
- Audio: Inglés
- Subtítulos: Inglés
- Subtítulos para sordos: Inglés
- Región: Región 2 (Más información sobre Formatos de DVD.)
- Relación de aspecto: 1.78:1
- Número de discos: 1
- Calificación FSK: Desconocido. No se nos ha facilitado la calificación española por edades (ICAA), pero puedes consultarla en la página oficial del ICAA. Las calificaciones por edad y/o versiones de otros países no siempre coinciden con la española. Más información sobre las diferentes calificaciones por edad.
- Estudio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Duración: 103 minutos
- ASIN: B0049TVHSC
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº58.781 en Cine y Series TV (Ver el Top 100 en Cine y Series TV)
White Mischief [Reino Unido] [DVD]
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Elegant tale based on James Fox's book about the British colony living in Kenya's Happy Valley during the early days of WW2 and the true story of a husband's response to the local stud stealing his beautiful wife. Diana falls in love with Joss Hay (Charles Dance), who publicly flaunts his desire for Broughton's wife.
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With the action centered on the amoral Diana Broughton (Greta Scacchi), young wife of elderly Lord Jock Broughton (played by Joss Ackland), the film highlights her bold and very public affair with handsome cad Joss Hay, Lord Errol (slimily played by Charles Dance), and the disillusionment and increasing jealousy of her aged husband. When Lord Errol is shot to death by a mysterious assailant while returning from a party, Lord Jock Broughton is arrested and tried, though he denies his involvement.
The complexities of Fox's book, which shows a large number of people with reasons to want Lord Errol dead, along with their interrelationships and intermarriages, are sacrificed here for the focus on Diana. Unfortunately, Diana and the other real people on whom these film characters are based led exceptionally shallow lives, so it is not surprising that Diana, Lord Errol, and their friends appear here to be flat and wooden, lacking in subtlety and development. This lessens the impact of the film by preventing the reader from identifying with the characters. Though Scacchi's Diana is strikingly beautiful and has several well-filmed nude scenes, she remains a complete mystery. Ironically, the only person who elicits sympathy is Diana's husband (played by Joss Ackland), as he betrays his disillusionment, jealousy, and determination to soldier on with the marriage.
One of the few films which depicts Happy Valley as it probably was, this is fascinating and compelling viewing, but one watches it with a sense of revulsion at the behavior, and sadness that these aristocrats so boldly insulted Kenya's people and cultures by imposing their own. Beautifully filmed on location (by Roger Deakins), and showing the raw wildness of nature, the film vividly illustrates the decadence of Happy Valley's aristocrats ten years before the MauMau rebellion, which virtually eradicated this way of life. Mary Whipple
Charles Dance is wonderfully smarmy as the playboy who wins Greta Scacchi's affections. She is the young beauty who married an older man for title and money, but has no love for him. It's shameful to see how brazen Dance and Scacchi are in their affair. The old husband does what any man with pride left would do. You can almost feel the British Empire crumbling around you as you are absorbed by this movie, in much the same way as A Passage to India (another great film).
Great supporting performances by Sarah Miles and Geraldine Chaplin as part of the high society swingers.
I was fortunate to find this video on sale second hand at my local video store.
africa, like australia and new zealand, was where the 'remittance' men were sent by their families, to remove the scandals from the homefront. these sometimes extremely black sheep were sent, by the families who could afford it, 'remittances' (money) to keep them in the colonies. in those days of difficult communication, they could get up to whatever mischief they wanted without embarrassing the home folks. the group in happy valley made the most of this.
the acting is superb. the sets are marvelous. the scenery is magnificent. charles dance is gorgeous. the story is gripping. what more could you ask for?