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The Queen of Spades (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

Unjustly obscure, even semi-lost for many decades since its release, The Queen of Spades (1949) today is often ranked alongside Dead of Night (1945) among the greatest British horror films ever made.

Its renewed status is a bit misleading. Adapted from Alexander Pushkin's 1834 short story, already an 1890 opera by Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades certainly has a few very effective flashes of horror near the end, but mostly it's a gorgeously photographed literary adaptation. While certainly in the same league as Dead of Night, the two pictures are nothing alike beyond their handsome production values. In some respects, Queen of Spades reminds the viewer of the horror-like scenes in David Lean's Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948), with flashes of Max Oph ls. In other ways, it anticipates the later films of Italian Mario Bava, whose contri...Read the entire review »

 

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