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Watch the video. Title: The Prisoner of Zenda An Englishman on a Ruritarian holiday must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped. In France during the late 18th Century, a man sets out to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a master swordsman. A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard Norman Wooland and put him back on the throne.
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English trout fisher Rudolf Rassendyll is about the only tourist not coming for the coronation of Central-European King Rudolf V at Strelsau, but happens to be a distant relative and is approached on account of their canning resemblance to stand in for the drunken king, in order to prevent his envious half-brother Michael, who arranged spiking his wine to seize the throne when the reputedly less then dutiful Rudolf stays away.
The ceremony goes well, and he gets acquainted with the charming royal bride, related princess Flavia, but afterward the king is found to be abducted; he must continue the charade and once the hiding place, the castle of Zenda, is found is involved in the fight between political parties for control over Rudolf V, his throne and his bride, for which a formidable third candidate, Michael's disloyal co-conspirator Rupert of Hentzau, was waiting in the curtains. Written by KGF Vissers. While the colour photography makes quite an impact, especially with the costumes, sadly Stewart Granger is not in the Colman league in the dual role of Rudolf Rassendyll and Rudolf V.
In fact, the film seems as unnecessary as the recent remake of 'Psycho' - Yes, it's in colour, but with a less interesting cast than the original, so why bother? There was scope for a new film based on Hope's novel, but it needed to be opened out more, with greater development of some of the subordinate characters always a problem in filming a story written in the first-person.
Stewart Granger was one of the better of the later generation of swashbuckling stars, but somehow he lacks Colman's dignity as Rassendyll. Deborah Kerr at least has the merit of having the 'Elphberg red' hair which the hero too should have!
Although he brings out the underlying viciousness of Rupert von Hentzau more effectively than Fairbanks did, he is too old and rather too austere for the role. Hentzau's deep malevolence is far more disturbing coming from what appears to be a flippant and charming boy in his very early 20s. Probably the most successful piece of casting in this version is Jane Greer as Antoinette de Mauban, the French courtesan who has attached herself to Michael.
Whose side is she really on? In conclusion: while this film gains some visual charm from the use of colour, the version has the more memorable performances; but neither quite lives up to the expectations in my imagination, fuelled by the books with their Charles Gibson plates. Sign In. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends.
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Rate This. An Englishman vacationing in a Ruritarian kingdom is recruited to impersonate his cousin, the soon-to-be-crowned king after the monarch is drugged and kidnapped. Director: Richard Thorpe.
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Quo Vadis Biography Drama History. Edit Storyline English trout fisher Rudolf Rassendyll is about the only tourist not coming for the coronation of Central-European King Rudolf V at Strelsau, but happens to be a distant relative and is approached on account of their canning resemblance to stand in for the drunken king, in order to prevent his envious half-brother Michael, who arranged spiking his wine to seize the throne when the reputedly less then dutiful Rudolf stays away. Genres: Adventure.
Edit Did You Know? Trivia David O. Selznick was planning a rival version around the same time, with Louis Jourdan and Alida Valli, but it never materialised.
Goofs When the Count and Rudolph square off, the former offers the latter "a fencing lesson", but they are fighting with sabers which have a technique distinctly different from fencing. Quotes Rudolf Rassendyll : I was hoping that our skeleton was safe at home in our family cupboard. Fritz von Tarlenheim : Some skeletons are prodigious travelers. Crazy Credits The opening credits are listed on parchment or velum-looking pages.
The top, blank page has a silver sword upon it, which is piercing the page. When lifted, the credits start on the page below.
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He was a prolific writer, especially of adventure novels but he is remembered predominantly for only two books: The Prisoner of Zenda and its sequel Rupert of Hentzau Zenda has inspired many adaptations, most notably the Hollywood movie of the same name. The Prisoner of Zenda , by Anthony Hope, is an adventure novel in which the King of Ruritania is drugged on the eve of his coronation and thus is unable to attend the ceremony. Political forces within the realm are such that, in order for the king to retain the crown, his coronation must proceed. Fortuitously, an English gentleman on holiday in Ruritania who resembles the monarch is persuaded to act as his political decoy in an effort to save the unstable political situation of the interregnum. Convert currency.
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El prisionero de Zenda
The Prisoner of Zenda is an adventure novel by Anthony Hope , in which the King of Ruritania is drugged on the eve of his coronation and thus is unable to attend the ceremony. Political forces within the realm are such that, in order for the king to retain the crown, his coronation must proceed. Fortuitously, an English gentleman on holiday in Ruritania who resembles the monarch is persuaded to act as his political decoy in an effort to save the unstable political situation of the interregnum. A sequel, Rupert of Hentzau , was published in and is included in some editions of The Prisoner of Zenda. The popularity of the novels inspired the Ruritanian romance genre of literature, film, and theatre that features stories set in a fictional country , usually in Central or Eastern Europe ,  for example Graustark from the novels of George Barr McCutcheon , and the neighbouring countries of Syldavia and Borduria in the Tintin comics. The unconscious king is abducted and imprisoned in a castle in the small town of Zenda. There are complications, plots, and counterplots, among them the schemes of Michael's mistress, Antoinette de Mauban, and those of his dashing but villainous henchman, Count Rupert of Hentzau.
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