Director: Mike Leigh Run Time: 160 min. Release Year: 1999
Starring: Allan Corduner, Jim Broadbent, Lesley Manville, Ron Cook, Timothy Spall
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The world of Gilbert and Sullivan comes to vivid life in director Mike Leigh’s extraordinary dramatization of the staging of the duo’s legendary 1885 comic opera The Mikado. Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner brilliantly inhabit the roles of the world-famous Victorian librettist and composer, who, along with their troupe of temperamental actors, must battle personal and professional demons while mounting this major production. A lushly produced epic about the harsh realities of creative expression, featuring bravura performances and Oscar-winning costume design and makeup, TOPSY-TURVY is an unexpected period delight from one of contemporary cinema’s great artists.
“A triumph.” – Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A masterful film about the magic of performance and the foibles of the artists behind it.” – Gregory Weinkauf, Dallas Observer