Directed by Leslie Arliss
First of all, what was the deal with the kid in blackface? What was the purpose of that guy? They seriously couldn't find a black child in all of England to play the kid? Judy Garland looked more convincing...
You actually have to endure quite a few black slurs during this film that are so cringe worthy that I almost advise not to see it. However, it also possesses quite an interesting story line. The film centers on Clarissa, who is married to the man in grey. She brings her "friend" (aka enormous bitch) into her house who promptly begins an affair with her husband. There is actually a love square in this one and a fair amount of crazy involved which always make for an interesting movie.
The Book, however, apologizes for the lackluster plot line and advises that you focus on the setting and costume design (which was quite impressive). So I guess you are not supposed to enjoy the story. However, I think it was a fun way to spend afternoon (albeit not enormously stimulating).
RATING: ***-- (when is awkward blackface going to stop??!?)
A success commercially, but not critically (hey, what do you want from me? Wikipedia is just not delivering).