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Enchanted April

Enchanted April

Miranda Richardson
Director: Mike Newell Cast: Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson
, Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
, Josie Lawrence
Josie Lawrence
Mike Newell


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Previously filmed in 1935 with Ann Harding, Enchanted April, a romantic novel by Elizabeth von Arnim, was remade in 1992. The first film skips along superficially at 66 minutes: the second, directed by the always intriguing Mike Newell, runs 101 minutes, allowing for richer characterizations and a bottomless reserve of brilliant dialogue. Two cloistered, married English women (Josie Lawrence, Miranda Richardson) impulsively rent an Italian villa and embark upon a vacation without their spouses. They are joined by two other ladies: the high-flown aging widow Joan Plowright, and elegant upper-crust beauty Polly Walker) whom they've never met. Under the spell of an exotic new location, the foursome are in for quite a few life-altering experiences, many of them amusing, and not a few very surprising. Impeccably accurate in its recreation of European manners and mores in the 1920s, Enchanted April is sheer bliss from fade-in to fade-out.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2011
UPC: 0031398137405
Original Release: 1992
Source: Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 9,520

Special Features

Feature commentary by director Mike Newell and producer Ann Scott

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Miranda Richardson Rose Arbuthnot
Joan Plowright Mrs. Fisher
Josie Lawrence Lottie Wilkins
Alfred Molina Mellersh Wilkins
Polly Walker Lady Caroline Dester
Michael Kitchen George Briggs
Jim Broadbent Frederick Arbuthnot
Vittorio Duse Domenico
Neville Phillips Vicar
Stephen Beckett Jonathan
Matthew Radford Patrick
Davide Manuli Beppo
Adriana Facchetti Francesca
Anna Longhi Costanza
Neil Richardson Conductor

Technical Credits
Mike Newell Director
Dick Allen Editor
Elizabeth Von Arnim Screenwriter
Peter Barnes Screenwriter
Richard Rodney Bennett Score Composer
Matthew Hamilton Associate Producer
Rex Maidment Cinematographer
Sheena Napier Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Relph Executive Producer
Ann Scott Producer
Mark Shivas Executive Producer
Malcolm Thornton Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Enchanted April
1. Wisteria and Sunshine
2. Blatant Extravagances
3. Keys to the Castle
4. Two More Tenants
5. Getting Away
6. A Bumpy Start
7. Smoothing Feathers
8. Sharing Love
9. Catching "Cold"
10. Awkward Introductions
11. Reaching an Understanding
12. Clever and Attractive
13. A Visitor
14. Feeling Young
15. Frederick Arbuthnot
16. Wonderful Inside
17. Pairs
18. End Credits

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