After many years abroad, Mrs
Erlynne returns to a London much changed by the ravages of war. Whilst at an
auction she recognizes an attractive fan which once belonged to her - but before
she can claim it she must find another party to vouch for her. Seeking out Lord
Darlington, her only acquaintance left remaining in London, the pair soon begin
a journey of memory, love, loss and sacrifice.
Theatrical Release: April 1st, 1949
DVD Review: BFI - Region 2 - PAL
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Windermere's Fan - Fred Pauls 1916 silent version of Wildes play (65
The dual-layered, progressive transfer from BFI seems adequate if a bit hazy. It has a tendency to appear 'thick'. Contrast is a bit better and overall the image responds for a decent viewing. Something strange may have happened with this title as it seemed delayed from last year's listing, then presumably canceled, but is now available - although only from 3rd party sellers at Amazon.UK. It is fairly clean with some noise in darker segments. It sports optional subtitles and competent PCM mono audio.
Extras include the hour-long silent Lady Windermeres Fan - from 1916 - Fred Paul's version of Wilde's play and a Illustrated booklet featuring an essay and a biography - both by Foster Hirsch.
The image inferiorities don't take away from the the film in my opinion. It was quite a rare treat to view this, as it is a Preminger work I had never seen before - nor had I read Wilde's novel. Jeanne Crain is marvelous. The Fan is charming and certainly worth seeing in my opinion for those who enjoy vintage cinema.