The Barretts Of Wimpole Street

  • 1956
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography, Romance

Sidney Franklin directed both versions of this well-known biopic, originally filmed in 1934. Jones plays poet and near-invalid Elizabeth Barrett, whose father's (Gielgud) almost incestuous adoration for her all but confines her to his London house. She is understandably lonely and depressed; her only companions are her books, her servants, her dog, and...read more

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Sidney Franklin directed both versions of this well-known biopic, originally filmed in 1934. Jones plays poet and near-invalid Elizabeth Barrett, whose father's (Gielgud) almost incestuous adoration for her all but confines her to his London house. She is understandably lonely and

depressed; her only companions are her books, her servants, her dog, and her horde of brothers (all wonderfully played by bright young men of the period), Enter Robert Browning (Travers), a fellow poet rich in love and warmth, who sweeps Elizabeth off the couch and into bloom like a morning glory

at dawn. Gielgud, in a magnificent performance imbued with understated menace, attempts to smash the relationship before it attains fruition, and the struggle for the young woman's happiness is on. A subtle, lovingly rendered if sometimes leisurely film with fine acting all around and a technical

skill which surpasses its worthy 1934 predecessor, THE BARRETTS OF WIMPOLE STREET is very effective drama.

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