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Mike Leigh

Topsy-Turvy

160' - 1999 - Drama, Comedy, Biography - Dialogue: German, Italian, French, English, Japanese
Director: Mike Leigh With: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher
Noted for intimate character studies created in collaboration with his actors, director Mike Leigh makes a dramatic change of pace with this biography of comic opera composers W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Gilbert is an easily angered but otherwise emotionally remote lyricist who works in collaboration with composer Sullivan, a genial and fun-loving sort who feels unsatisfied writing light operettas and longs to work with more serious material. While Sullivan is having a creative crisis, Gilbert is facing a failing marriage to Lucy, who loves her husband even if he can't return her affections, and must deal with his ailing father. When they suffer their first failure, both men are depressed, and Sullivan announces that he's giving up operetta for good. However, a visit to an exhibit of Japanese art sparks an idea in Gilbert, and soon he and Sullivan are hard at work on what will become one of their greatest successes, The Mikado. (Mark Deming)

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Credits

Director

Mike Leigh

With

Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher

Scenario

Mike Leigh

Director of Photography

Dick Pope

Editor

Robin Sales

Producer

Simon Channing Williams

More information

Dialogue

German, Italian, French, English, Japanese

Countries of production

United Kingdom

Year

1999

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