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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) []  2020-7-21 21:27

    A recreation of the creation of the Mikado, generally faithful to the times and characters of the participants. If I have a quibble, it is with the relationship of Gilbert with his wife. Couples can be childless without one partner being totally clueless about at said, it does spare the foibles of the people involved. Gilbert's irrascibility, Sullivan's womanizing (yes, the composer of Onward Christian Soldiers frequented brothels and had a mistress) and gambling. Helen, the super efficient manager for Richard d'Oyly Carte eventually married him and was key to the continued operation of the Savoy theater and the perpetuation of the G&S tradition after his e best part of the movie, however, is the presentation of scenes from Princess Ida and the Sorcerer in addition to highlights from the Mikado itself.

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) []  2020-7-21 21:27

    Not much I can add that others haven't already. A unbelievable (if slightly inaccurate) movie, presented in stellar Criterion fashion. Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner are truly spectacular and believable in their roles (full disclosure: I do favor Mr. Broadbent's work), but in truth the entire cast really does shine. The movie's makeup, both 'actual' and 'stage', is impressive as well. As someone who has worked on the stage, I did search myself laughing at some of the smaller "theater moments" (like the cast in the wings mouthing the lines along with the ones being said on stage) but there's something here for everyone. I'm not a large fan of G&S musicals, but one can't support but be captivated when hearing their songs being presented in such rich DTS sound and the stages being shot with such perfect 's not for the children and it does run a bit long (2.5 hours), but you'll hardly notice. If you have any kind of decent home theater system, you'll appreciate this film and Criterion's mastering of it very much. A highly recommended Blu-ray!

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) []  2020-7-21 21:27

    I hated Gilbert and Sullivan as kid and turned up my noise at it as an adult!!!!! I watched this movie since it was created by the amazing and perfect Mike Leigh, and as a result, suddenly discovered the joys and wonders of Gilbert and Sullivan. Since seeing this film, I have watched a number of their productions and have to admit what fans have known ever since their productions appeared on the London Scene that they combine amazing wit with unbelievable music. I am kicking myself for not have been A FAN earlier in my life!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) []  2020-7-21 21:27

    this film has a mystical quality to it, it carries the viewer back to the Victorian age and the brightest period of comic opera, certainly Gilbert and Sullivan, and Carte were geniuses, but so were a lot of of their ally top notch film...

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) []  2020-7-21 21:27

    A magnificent film, quite attractive in spots, but definitely for the Gilbert and Sullivan fan only. While telling the story of how Gilbert and Sullivan wrote one of the all-time musical classics "The Mikado", the movie presents us with a series of scenes rather than unified, flowing narrative. Anyone familiar with G&S and their output will have no problem following it, but it may be a bit of a challenge for the e performances are superb (Jim Broadbent was born to play W. S. Gilbert and Ron Cook is the very photo of Richard D'Oyly Carte). The evocation of a time gone by (when people were polite, civil and courteous, even backstage) is extremely well done. Since most of the actors are not widely known in the states apart from Broadbent, Timothy Spall and possibly Andy Serkis (Gollum), one may actually see them as the characters they portray (apart from Jesse Bond, see below). A lot of of the amazing Gilbert and Sullivan songs from the piece are aired, in different forms. Sometimes it is in rehearsal, sometimes full-blown onstage. And the lyrics, as Gilbert always insisted, are well enunciated and fully understandable, though a few obtain drowned in the finale. Altogether a workmanlike piece.A few caveats. There is a totally gratuitous stage of topless female nudity. If they are to be included they ought to be women with lovelier poitrines. If filmmakers insist on shoving these in our faces they may as well be worth looking at. And the ending is a downer. We live in an age where joy and triumph can't have the latest word so while I would have ended the movie with G&S taking their well-deserved curtain calls, this flick travels on past that to create us understand Life is earnest! Life is real! Fiddlesticks. All we required as a memento mori was a bunch of mark overlays at the end telling us they're all dead now.Minor quibbles. First, the portrayal of Jesse Bond. She is a favorite of G&S addicts who studied the Savoyards and collected recordings dating back to Henry Lytton. Those of us who dote on Jesse and read her (no doubt ghosted) book are disappointed that she comes off in the movie as querulous and dim; but the actors, I suppose, must be given various characters, and Bond does appear genuinely talented in actual performance. Two other quibbles concern authenticity. Approaching the first night of "Mikado" the background melody (presumably, by its sound, emanating from the orchestra) has a snatch of a tune from "Yeoman of the Guard" which has yet to be written. And during Gama's song in "Princess Ida" the other characters onstage do a bit of mugging I doubt Gilbert would have countenanced--he believed the humor should rise from the words, not scene business. Also, while the movie buys wholesale the story of the falling Samurai sword, it gives Broadbent's Gilbert a unbelievable moment of illumination that's well worth the effort. Bravo.I want I could correct one thing, however. "The Mikado" as portrayed on the movie is done so beautifully I want they had filmed the entire thing to add as a gift disk. Leigh's vision of "The Mikado" as staged comes off even better (arguably) than the 1967 D'oyly Carte movie with actual Savoyards like Donald Adams and John Reed. I'd like to see the whole thing, even with GG's legendary nervousness showing so obviously through. After all, Koko is looking forward to boiling oil or melted lead.Overall, worth owning for any G&S fan. Worth watching for anyone interested in the era or curious about the music. If nothing else, worth seeing once as a movie of beauty when people had a sense of honor, of dignity, and civility. And amazing music.

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) []  2020-7-21 21:27

    This film really makes you feel a amazing bit like you are seeing what it was like 100 years ago in a popular English theater company. the detail from costume to the popular true events, even seconds in a erson like London and name drops, all shade and tip at what it must have been like as the globe was really changing into the modern globe we know. every person in this movie the acting is so nuanced the dialects, the tiniest muscle moves in faces...let alone the actual melody and lyrics can be attractive witty or inspiring. If you are a philistine like me but lightly have fun a little bit of opera, this might obtain you into it. I tried sowing a young-in this hope it works- along with the pirates of penzance film the popular keystone cop stage is wonderful like a live action cartoon Tony is incredible. Too poor these are not available in better quality but at least topsy is available in blue ray. not to mention besides the stars which are amazing chameleons, you got people like kevin kidd ( from the amazing series Rome, Journeyman and popular TV doctor stuff) and other pre harry potter notable actors as an easter egg.

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) []  2020-7-21 21:27

    Love this movie!!! However, only 2 of the 5 additional features on this DVD will play. A notice comes up on the others which seems to state that Criterion did not have proper permission to contain them. ???That being said, I didn't buy this just for the additional features. this is a marvelous tale for anyone who loves opera, theatre, stagecraft, Gilbert & Sullivan, Edwardian England. Steeped in well-researched historical detail, it is a fascinating trip into the past, as well as into the vortex of the creative process. Highly entertaining, Beautifully done.

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) []  2020-7-21 21:27

    I had to buy this to replace my VHS of it, because it is the sort of film one watches with delight and wonder about 2-3 times a year. This movie opens a window on a globe in which so much was various that it is a revelation. I'm a fan of Mikado, of course, and seeing it from conception to premiere from a dozen viewpoints is a special thrill. The costumes alone justify the cost, and of course the movie won the Oscar for costuming in its year. And it is so very HUMAN.

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) []  2020-7-21 21:27

    An observation that I have created before on a lot of occasions has to do with movie being the only real time machine that humans have come up with so far. Starting with the oldest movies from the beginning of films in the late 1890s through the recent releases, we have a visual and aural record of events, people, places, and the fashions and attitudes in favor at the time the films were produced. In addition there are those films which are deliberate historical recreations of a specific time and put with specific historical characters that are also topic to the attitudes show when they were made. TOPSY-TURVY is one of these latter films and it is one of the best examples of that genre that I have ever is set in 1885. Gilbert & Sullivan have lost their creative spark and are relying on revivals of past works to hold themselves and the Savoy Theater going. A possibility visit to a Japanese exhibition in London gives Gilbert the idea for a "Japanese opera" and thus THE MIKADO comes into being. That's the story of the movie in a nutshell. What director Mike Leigh does is to expand that primary scenario and give us much, much more. We not only see THE MIKADO come into being but obtain a amazing look at the lives of Gilbert & Sullivan away from the theater. We also obtain to see a detailed look at the globe of Victorian London and a behind-the-scenes look at the D'Oyly-Carte Opera Company and how a present is made from scratch.What makes TOPSY-TURVY truly stand out is that you really do feel as if you have been transported back in time to the late 19th century. Every detail from the opulent and repressive Victorian fashions to the cluttered rooms with massive furnishings to the secret lives of the characters is captured with remarkable fidelity (or the illusion of it). Gas jets and horse drawn carriages, backstage dressing rooms and secret boudoirs, the lost art of elegant conversation and more are impeccably recreated. Only ANONYMOUS (2011) about the authorship of Shakespeare's plays with its vivid rendering of Elizabethan London gave me such a strong feeling of being there not as an audience member but as an actual e performances are all flawless from Jim Broadbent and Alan Cordurer as G & S to Timothy Spall and Martin Savage as leading members of the company. Since this is a Mike Leigh movie there are several powerful roles for women with Lesley Manville as Gilbert's long suffering wife a standout. The look of the movie is incredibly sumptious and to think that it was created for only 10 million pounds seems beyond belief. The film's length (160 minutes) and deliberate pace will frustrate some people and Savoyards will wish more opera and less background but if you love history, it's a dream come true. The Criterion edition is a definite make batter from the previous DVD featuring lots of extras with the only flaw being no subtitles.

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) []  2020-7-21 21:27

    A brilliant film from Mike Leigh about fame, insecurity, and the creative process, masquerading as a bio-pic about Gilbert and Sullivan. Leigh highlights the differences between these men: Sullivan crawls from his sick bed to conduct an opening night performance, held up by coffee, alcohol, and injections, while Gilbert runs from the theatre before the performance begins, preferring to face indignities on the foul backstreets of London rather than face the audience's judgment. Sullivan is a randy devil, visiting French brothels and indulging a hedonistic lifestyle, while Gilbert appears to be celibate, never getting closer to his wife than sitting at the foot of her bed while in full evening dress. He tells her, "You must be tired. I'll leave you to your beauty sleep," and then he does just that. Sullivan longs to discover larger musical forms, and write grand opera. Gilbert is comfortable repeating the same comic formula again and again, usually involving a magical device that sets the usual social relationships on their heads: servant becomes master. Everything is ough their operettas are very popular, the public seems to be growing a bit weary of this formula as well. Conflict arises when Sullivan can take it no longer, and refuses to write the melody for Gilbert's next work. There is a rather low-key and civil argument between the men, mediated by theatre-owner D'Oyly Carte, but neither will budge. But soon Gilbert's wife drags him to a Japanese exhibit, and the experience inspires Gilbert to write The Mikado. Leigh may have taken liberties with the timing of the actual events, but it helps create the point that when creative people are forced outside of their comfort location whole fresh avenues of creativity may be revealed. The conflict between thier personalities provided the energy of creation.Leigh then shines a fascinating light on sausage being made. The Mikado comes together under strict direction by Gilbert, for whom every word and gesture are important, emphasizing that in any amazing performance (including the making of a movie) everything that _can_ be controlled _must_ be controlled. The cast have their personalities, foibles, shortcomings, and quirks which Leigh sometimes focuses on in passing without providing much in the method of explanation or back story. To me these omissions intrigue without cluttering the narrative, and they give a sense of the random variables that Gilbert must wrestle into shape. In the end he and Sullivan make a large success that has remained famous for more than a the end of the story, Sullivan (Allan Corduner) is reveling in the success of The Mikado, while Gilbert (Jim Broadbent) is confessing to his wife (Lesley Manville), that he is very uncomfortable with approval and fame. She wants to connect with him and experience the success and approval that he rejects, and makes a mild plea for intimacy. "Don't go," she says as he prepares to leave. "Aren't there any more thoughts racing around in that head of yours?" She looks at him longingly. He replies, "Like what?" The camera captures her face slowly falling as her heart breaks. She recovers by suggesting an idea for his next play that involves a wife, childless and ageing, being locked away by her husband. His face reveals that he gets the point, but also that there is not much he can do about it.If there is any doubt that the film is about the conflicted combination of ego, talent, and drive that underlies the creation of art, it ends with Shirley Henderson on scene alone, singing "The Sun Whose Rays are All Ablaze." Her hero sings about the Sun, who does not apologize for being brilliant. He simply glories all effulgent. Then there is the Moon, who shines by reflected light "...that through the night / Mankind may all acclaim her. / But truth to tell she lights up well/ so I for one don't blame her." The creator's brilliance shines through the actors, like forces of nature, which require neither explanation nor e production numbers are gems. I was mostly unfamiliar with The Mikado, but I perused the Internet to search clips of different productions. From viewing these it seems that Leigh got the tone and intent of Gilbert and Sullivan's work exactly right. Some of these productions were full of pratfalls, mugging, and unnecessary and uncoordinated choreography that distracted from the precision and brilliance of the lyrics. Some were stiff and formal and lifeless. Leigh allow the words and melody be heard. There is an organic quality to the movie, as all the actors sing and play their own instruments. I found myself regretting that Mike Leigh didn't set an entire production of The Mikado. It would have been spectacular. But I was very happy to see that a blu-ray is to be released shortly, as this film deserves to be seen and heard in its glory, all effulgent.

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] []  2020-11-10 19:34

    Love this movie!!! However, only 2 of the 5 additional features on this DVD will play. A notice comes up on the others which seems to state that Criterion did not have proper permission to contain them. ???That being said, I didn't buy this just for the additional features. this is a marvelous tale for anyone who loves opera, theatre, stagecraft, Gilbert & Sullivan, Edwardian England. Steeped in well-researched historical detail, it is a fascinating trip into the past, as well as into the vortex of the creative process. Highly entertaining, Beautifully done.

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] []  2020-11-10 19:34

    An observation that I have created before on a lot of occasions has to do with movie being the only real time machine that humans have come up with so far. Starting with the oldest movies from the beginning of films in the late 1890s through the recent releases, we have a visual and aural record of events, people, places, and the fashions and attitudes in favor at the time the films were produced. In addition there are those films which are deliberate historical recreations of a specific time and put with specific historical characters that are also topic to the attitudes show when they were made. TOPSY-TURVY is one of these latter films and it is one of the best examples of that genre that I have ever is set in 1885. Gilbert & Sullivan have lost their creative spark and are relying on revivals of past works to hold themselves and the Savoy Theater going. A possibility visit to a Japanese exhibition in London gives Gilbert the idea for a "Japanese opera" and thus THE MIKADO comes into being. That's the story of the movie in a nutshell. What director Mike Leigh does is to expand that primary scenario and give us much, much more. We not only see THE MIKADO come into being but obtain a amazing look at the lives of Gilbert & Sullivan away from the theater. We also obtain to see a detailed look at the globe of Victorian London and a behind-the-scenes look at the D'Oyly-Carte Opera Company and how a present is made from scratch.What makes TOPSY-TURVY truly stand out is that you really do feel as if you have been transported back in time to the late 19th century. Every detail from the opulent and repressive Victorian fashions to the cluttered rooms with massive furnishings to the secret lives of the characters is captured with remarkable fidelity (or the illusion of it). Gas jets and horse drawn carriages, backstage dressing rooms and secret boudoirs, the lost art of elegant conversation and more are impeccably recreated. Only ANONYMOUS (2011) about the authorship of Shakespeare's plays with its vivid rendering of Elizabethan London gave me such a strong feeling of being there not as an audience member but as an actual e performances are all flawless from Jim Broadbent and Alan Cordurer as G & S to Timothy Spall and Martin Savage as leading members of the company. Since this is a Mike Leigh movie there are several powerful roles for women with Lesley Manville as Gilbert's long suffering wife a standout. The look of the movie is incredibly sumptious and to think that it was created for only 10 million pounds seems beyond belief. The film's length (160 minutes) and deliberate pace will frustrate some people and Savoyards will wish more opera and less background but if you love history, it's a dream come true. The Criterion edition is a definite make batter from the previous DVD featuring lots of extras with the only flaw being no subtitles.

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] []  2020-11-10 19:34

    I had to buy this to replace my VHS of it, because it is the sort of film one watches with delight and wonder about 2-3 times a year. This movie opens a window on a globe in which so much was various that it is a revelation. I'm a fan of Mikado, of course, and seeing it from conception to premiere from a dozen viewpoints is a special thrill. The costumes alone justify the cost, and of course the movie won the Oscar for costuming in its year. And it is so very HUMAN.

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] []  2020-11-10 19:34

    A magnificent film, quite attractive in spots, but definitely for the Gilbert and Sullivan fan only. While telling the story of how Gilbert and Sullivan wrote one of the all-time musical classics "The Mikado", the movie presents us with a series of scenes rather than unified, flowing narrative. Anyone familiar with G&S and their output will have no problem following it, but it may be a bit of a challenge for the e performances are superb (Jim Broadbent was born to play W. S. Gilbert and Ron Cook is the very photo of Richard D'Oyly Carte). The evocation of a time gone by (when people were polite, civil and courteous, even backstage) is extremely well done. Since most of the actors are not widely known in the states apart from Broadbent, Timothy Spall and possibly Andy Serkis (Gollum), one may actually see them as the characters they portray (apart from Jesse Bond, see below). A lot of of the amazing Gilbert and Sullivan songs from the piece are aired, in different forms. Sometimes it is in rehearsal, sometimes full-blown onstage. And the lyrics, as Gilbert always insisted, are well enunciated and fully understandable, though a few obtain drowned in the finale. Altogether a workmanlike piece.A few caveats. There is a totally gratuitous stage of topless female nudity. If they are to be included they ought to be women with lovelier poitrines. If filmmakers insist on shoving these in our faces they may as well be worth looking at. And the ending is a downer. We live in an age where joy and triumph can't have the latest word so while I would have ended the movie with G&S taking their well-deserved curtain calls, this flick travels on past that to create us understand Life is earnest! Life is real! Fiddlesticks. All we required as a memento mori was a bunch of mark overlays at the end telling us they're all dead now.Minor quibbles. First, the portrayal of Jesse Bond. She is a favorite of G&S addicts who studied the Savoyards and collected recordings dating back to Henry Lytton. Those of us who dote on Jesse and read her (no doubt ghosted) book are disappointed that she comes off in the movie as querulous and dim; but the actors, I suppose, must be given various characters, and Bond does appear genuinely talented in actual performance. Two other quibbles concern authenticity. Approaching the first night of "Mikado" the background melody (presumably, by its sound, emanating from the orchestra) has a snatch of a tune from "Yeoman of the Guard" which has yet to be written. And during Gama's song in "Princess Ida" the other characters onstage do a bit of mugging I doubt Gilbert would have countenanced--he believed the humor should rise from the words, not scene business. Also, while the movie buys wholesale the story of the falling Samurai sword, it gives Broadbent's Gilbert a unbelievable moment of illumination that's well worth the effort. Bravo.I want I could correct one thing, however. "The Mikado" as portrayed on the movie is done so beautifully I want they had filmed the entire thing to add as a gift disk. Leigh's vision of "The Mikado" as staged comes off even better (arguably) than the 1967 D'oyly Carte movie with actual Savoyards like Donald Adams and John Reed. I'd like to see the whole thing, even with GG's legendary nervousness showing so obviously through. After all, Koko is looking forward to boiling oil or melted lead.Overall, worth owning for any G&S fan. Worth watching for anyone interested in the era or curious about the music. If nothing else, worth seeing once as a movie of beauty when people had a sense of honor, of dignity, and civility. And amazing music.

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] []  2020-11-10 19:34

    A brilliant film from Mike Leigh about fame, insecurity, and the creative process, masquerading as a bio-pic about Gilbert and Sullivan. Leigh highlights the differences between these men: Sullivan crawls from his sick bed to conduct an opening night performance, held up by coffee, alcohol, and injections, while Gilbert runs from the theatre before the performance begins, preferring to face indignities on the foul backstreets of London rather than face the audience's judgment. Sullivan is a randy devil, visiting French brothels and indulging a hedonistic lifestyle, while Gilbert appears to be celibate, never getting closer to his wife than sitting at the foot of her bed while in full evening dress. He tells her, "You must be tired. I'll leave you to your beauty sleep," and then he does just that. Sullivan longs to discover larger musical forms, and write grand opera. Gilbert is comfortable repeating the same comic formula again and again, usually involving a magical device that sets the usual social relationships on their heads: servant becomes master. Everything is ough their operettas are very popular, the public seems to be growing a bit weary of this formula as well. Conflict arises when Sullivan can take it no longer, and refuses to write the melody for Gilbert's next work. There is a rather low-key and civil argument between the men, mediated by theatre-owner D'Oyly Carte, but neither will budge. But soon Gilbert's wife drags him to a Japanese exhibit, and the experience inspires Gilbert to write The Mikado. Leigh may have taken liberties with the timing of the actual events, but it helps create the point that when creative people are forced outside of their comfort location whole fresh avenues of creativity may be revealed. The conflict between thier personalities provided the energy of creation.Leigh then shines a fascinating light on sausage being made. The Mikado comes together under strict direction by Gilbert, for whom every word and gesture are important, emphasizing that in any amazing performance (including the making of a movie) everything that _can_ be controlled _must_ be controlled. The cast have their personalities, foibles, shortcomings, and quirks which Leigh sometimes focuses on in passing without providing much in the method of explanation or back story. To me these omissions intrigue without cluttering the narrative, and they give a sense of the random variables that Gilbert must wrestle into shape. In the end he and Sullivan make a large success that has remained famous for more than a the end of the story, Sullivan (Allan Corduner) is reveling in the success of The Mikado, while Gilbert (Jim Broadbent) is confessing to his wife (Lesley Manville), that he is very uncomfortable with approval and fame. She wants to connect with him and experience the success and approval that he rejects, and makes a mild plea for intimacy. "Don't go," she says as he prepares to leave. "Aren't there any more thoughts racing around in that head of yours?" She looks at him longingly. He replies, "Like what?" The camera captures her face slowly falling as her heart breaks. She recovers by suggesting an idea for his next play that involves a wife, childless and ageing, being locked away by her husband. His face reveals that he gets the point, but also that there is not much he can do about it.If there is any doubt that the film is about the conflicted combination of ego, talent, and drive that underlies the creation of art, it ends with Shirley Henderson on scene alone, singing "The Sun Whose Rays are All Ablaze." Her hero sings about the Sun, who does not apologize for being brilliant. He simply glories all effulgent. Then there is the Moon, who shines by reflected light "...that through the night / Mankind may all acclaim her. / But truth to tell she lights up well/ so I for one don't blame her." The creator's brilliance shines through the actors, like forces of nature, which require neither explanation nor e production numbers are gems. I was mostly unfamiliar with The Mikado, but I perused the Internet to search clips of different productions. From viewing these it seems that Leigh got the tone and intent of Gilbert and Sullivan's work exactly right. Some of these productions were full of pratfalls, mugging, and unnecessary and uncoordinated choreography that distracted from the precision and brilliance of the lyrics. Some were stiff and formal and lifeless. Leigh allow the words and melody be heard. There is an organic quality to the movie, as all the actors sing and play their own instruments. I found myself regretting that Mike Leigh didn't set an entire production of The Mikado. It would have been spectacular. But I was very happy to see that a blu-ray is to be released shortly, as this film deserves to be seen and heard in its glory, all effulgent.

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] []  2020-11-10 19:34

    I hated Gilbert and Sullivan as kid and turned up my noise at it as an adult!!!!! I watched this movie since it was created by the amazing and perfect Mike Leigh, and as a result, suddenly discovered the joys and wonders of Gilbert and Sullivan. Since seeing this film, I have watched a number of their productions and have to admit what fans have known ever since their productions appeared on the London Scene that they combine amazing wit with unbelievable music. I am kicking myself for not have been A FAN earlier in my life!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] []  2020-11-10 19:34

    Not much I can add that others haven't already. A unbelievable (if slightly inaccurate) movie, presented in stellar Criterion fashion. Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner are truly spectacular and believable in their roles (full disclosure: I do favor Mr. Broadbent's work), but in truth the entire cast really does shine. The movie's makeup, both 'actual' and 'stage', is impressive as well. As someone who has worked on the stage, I did search myself laughing at some of the smaller "theater moments" (like the cast in the wings mouthing the lines along with the ones being said on stage) but there's something here for everyone. I'm not a large fan of G&S musicals, but one can't support but be captivated when hearing their songs being presented in such rich DTS sound and the stages being shot with such perfect 's not for the children and it does run a bit long (2.5 hours), but you'll hardly notice. If you have any kind of decent home theater system, you'll appreciate this film and Criterion's mastering of it very much. A highly recommended Blu-ray!

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] []  2020-11-10 19:34

    A recreation of the creation of the Mikado, generally faithful to the times and characters of the participants. If I have a quibble, it is with the relationship of Gilbert with his wife. Couples can be childless without one partner being totally clueless about at said, it does spare the foibles of the people involved. Gilbert's irrascibility, Sullivan's womanizing (yes, the composer of Onward Christian Soldiers frequented brothels and had a mistress) and gambling. Helen, the super efficient manager for Richard d'Oyly Carte eventually married him and was key to the continued operation of the Savoy theater and the perpetuation of the G&S tradition after his e best part of the movie, however, is the presentation of scenes from Princess Ida and the Sorcerer in addition to highlights from the Mikado itself.

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] []  2020-11-10 19:34

    This film really makes you feel a amazing bit like you are seeing what it was like 100 years ago in a popular English theater company. the detail from costume to the popular true events, even seconds in a erson like London and name drops, all shade and tip at what it must have been like as the globe was really changing into the modern globe we know. every person in this movie the acting is so nuanced the dialects, the tiniest muscle moves in faces...let alone the actual melody and lyrics can be attractive witty or inspiring. If you are a philistine like me but lightly have fun a little bit of opera, this might obtain you into it. I tried sowing a young-in this hope it works- along with the pirates of penzance film the popular keystone cop stage is wonderful like a live action cartoon Tony is incredible. Too poor these are not available in better quality but at least topsy is available in blue ray. not to mention besides the stars which are amazing chameleons, you got people like kevin kidd ( from the amazing series Rome, Journeyman and popular TV doctor stuff) and other pre harry potter notable actors as an easter egg.

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    Topsy-Turvy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] []  2020-11-10 19:34

    this film has a mystical quality to it, it carries the viewer back to the Victorian age and the brightest period of comic opera, certainly Gilbert and Sullivan, and Carte were geniuses, but so were a lot of of their ally top notch film...

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Explore and Store Activity Gym Turtles []  2020-2-12 20:13

    Hate the mixed reviews on this. People expect too much in my opinion. I got mine yesterday although I've owned one before for my toddler. His had a zebra on it. Anyway I have 3 month old twins and a toddler who is 3. I picked this one because it fits excellent in the bassinet which I absolutely need with a toddler running around. He's pulled the toys and pushed on the foam arch and it goes right back in place. Also in case someone wasn't aware the plastic pieces on the bottom spread out to keep it up lol I'm happy!!

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Explore and Store Activity Gym Turtles []  2020-2-12 20:13

    Our baby loves this more than the expensive one we have from Skiphop. We bought it for a street trip. Folds up easy, and our 3 month old amuses himself for like an hour at a time with this thing. He loves grabbing the rings and pulling on them. Highly recommend!

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Twist and Play Caterar Rattle []  2020-11-20 19:33

    I bought this because my son had a favorite toy at daycare that was very related to this one. This seems a small more difficult for him to manipulate (turn the segments), at 7 months old. He doesn’t play with it very much. It is very durable.

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Explore and Store Activity Gym Turtles []  2020-2-12 20:13

    My grandson is two months old and colicky. This is the one thing that seems to distract him. Don’t pay huge bucks for one of these as they only use them for a few months and you don’t need it to do your dishes! It’s a easy concept and this one is perfect.

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Explore and Store Activity Gym Turtles []  2020-2-12 20:13

    I'm giving this product 3 stars for one main reason. The arch, which is detachable is not very powerful and falls down easily when my 4 month old plays with the hanging toys. This gets her upset easily. Even if I test to help the ends with something it still eventually falls over so it will not hold her entertained for very long. The idea is amazing and it travels simple though.

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Twist and Play Caterar Rattle []  2020-11-20 19:33

    My 8 month old granddaughter likes this toy. It's little enough to stick in a diaper bag and it has several various activities--a squeaker, the head turns and makes a noise the shape can be changed etc. She hasn't figured out all of the functions yet.

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Twist and Play Caterar Rattle []  2020-11-20 19:33

    Purchased this for my 8 month old grandbaby. She loves it and the several various features.

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Explore and Store Activity Gym Turtles []  2020-2-12 20:13

     I bought this for when my fresh grandbaby visits and it was much appreciated. Do note the legs twist out and separate into two feet for best support. The play bar is easily removed and the plastic base/feet that holds the playbar can be removed for washing in your washing machine. I had to call the company for the secret to removing the plastic base. It is actually quite easy (but drove me nuts at first) The base DOES NOT disassemble (you will break it) you need to search the small notch in the base ring and twist it to catch the base fabric....then twist until it frees itself and pops out altogether. (i will test and upload the video they sent me to remove the base)

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Explore and Store Activity Gym Turtles []  2020-2-12 20:13

    Really cute colors and theme. Play mat is a nice size for baby. Excellent for a little home or apartment or if you are looking to have it not take up a lot of floor space. Mat even fits perfectly in bottom of package and play so baby can play on mat while safely in package and play. Item was amazing to send to daycare and leave there and not be something that is in the method or taking up a lot of zone and wasn't difficult to transport and take apart/assemble.

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Twist and Play Caterar Rattle []  2020-11-20 19:33

    He's cute and has lots of things to fidget with. Baby seems to like him. The only thing is that the small squeaker is so quiet you can hardly hear it.

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Explore and Store Activity Gym Turtles []  2020-2-12 20:13

    I Am only giving this two stars because it was inexpensive. IHowever, it's terrible. My 2 month old can pull the toys down to were the whole bar hints and lands behind her head. It is hard to obtain it to sit where the bar stays upright even on its own. Waste of money.

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Explore and Store Activity Gym Turtles []  2020-2-12 20:13

    I decided to buy this play mat after reading a review stating someone was using it in baby's mini crib. We also have a mini crib for our daughter and it seemed like a gift to be able to fit in in there, because then you don't need a crib mobile!And really: why pay huge bucks for something baby only uses for such a short period of time? This is a nice playmat at an perfect price! I took 1 star off because the 3 hanging toys are sewn on there permanently. There are no detachable rings, so you can't take them off to wash them or to swap the toys.

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Explore and Store Activity Gym Turtles []  2020-2-12 20:13

    Our baby has really liked this product. The top arch does fall on occasion if he tugs at it. But it isnt risky given the soft material. I would never leave him unattended or far away. My only recommendation or want was that this product came with the travel bag. It does fold and velcro nicely but in terms of making sure it is well protected, this add on would create it that much better.

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Twist and Play Caterar Rattle []  2020-11-20 19:33

    i bought this for my almost 10 month old. he seemed to like it at first, but lost interest very quickly. no surprise! i don't think he entirely understand how it works or what its supposed to do. but it is really cute and durable, amazing buy for the price regardless!

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Twist and Play Caterar Rattle []  2020-11-20 19:33

    Baby didnt seem to care for it he is 8 months its beautiful huge to hold. The button that had a squeaker in it it to hard to push. The mirror is very little for him to see his self and the plastic is ick on the bottom thw small plastic balls dont create much noise. He was bored in a min with this item.

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Explore and Store Activity Gym Turtles []  2020-2-12 20:13

    I bought this as a replacement for my original play mat that got mildewy in storage and I like this one so much more than my $40 original! I love that it folds up so it travels and stores easily. It is a simple, simple design but my baby loves it and will spend a lot of time laying on his back hitting the toys with both his hands and feet. I love that you can push the foam bar forward or backward so your kid can easily reach the toys. This is a amazing play mat at a amazing price!

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Twist and Play Caterar Rattle []  2020-11-20 19:33

    I got this for my grandson so he could have something to play with when he visited. He loved it so much he took it home. It was by far one of the more Favorited toys he played with (he was 7-8 months) it twists and turns and rattles and there is so much to hold him busy. Its excellent for baby hands to grasp and light enough that it can be held when they are on their back. It was an overall entertaining toy.

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Twist and Play Caterar Rattle []  2020-11-20 19:33

    This is a beautiful cute toy. I thought it would be about the diameter of my son's waist or larger, but its really small. Also, there's a small rectangle button that doesn't do anything. I have no idea why its there. The toy also makes a ratcheting sound when you twist each segment. My son (5 months) seems to like that and the fact that it can transform shapes.

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Twist and Play Caterar Rattle []  2020-11-20 19:33

    This is a cute design and should prove to be a favorite once my son is a small older. At four months old he’s a bit too young for this toy as he ends up hitting himself in the face with it. It’s quite hard so in order to protect him from injury, I’ll be saving this until he’s old enough to control his movements and understand not to wack himself upside the head with this.

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    Infantino Topsy Turvy Twist and Play Caterar Rattle []  2020-11-20 19:33

    My kid really seems to be intrigued by this toy. It is nice and compact to take out with us, and it has a lot of various things going on on it to attract her attention, it makes noises, has a mirror, bends and has the rings to grab on to.

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    Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P. T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison []  2020-7-30 18:41

    A better title would have been something about how captive elephants have given their all to create the circus what it is, today. The book is not about Topsy, only, so the title was a small misleading for me. The circus, the tournament between circus owners to acquire elephants, the general acquiring of elephants, and the story of Topsy create up the full book. The first chapter is a small wanting with page, after page, after page, after page after page . . of the phrase "would have" to describe how Topsy "would have" been born and captured. After Chapter 1, the book is interesting. I finished reading it, but felt the book could have been more aptly titled about circus elephants in general. The story of Topsy is the capper, but there were just as a lot of other interesting stories in the book about other captive elephants. A amazing read and a book that should be on the list for anyone unaware of the treatment of captive elephants, and also, the chosen methods by circuses to place some of these elephants, not just Topsy, to death, those deemed to have become psychotic due to capture or risky amongst humans (becoming so due to the mistreatment of the elephants by their trainers, such as with Topsy). You'll learn more about circus elephants in this book, than you would from Wikipedia.

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    Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P. T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison []  2020-7-30 18:41

    This book has given me pause about elephants in captivity. It seems quite wrong to confine animals that are self aware. Well worth the time taken to read.

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    Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P. T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison []  2020-7-30 18:41

    Engaging acc of the importation and exploitation of the circus elephant in the US, but alarming in its doentation of the extent to which they were topic to routine abuse to 'control' behavior.

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    Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P. T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison []  2020-7-30 18:41

    LOVED this book! The story was told in much detail with a min look at circus life , as well as the history of elephants in the circus. Sometimes, it was a small hared to read about the horrific acts of cruelty towards the elephants, but necessary to know. I will never go to a circus again that has an animal "act".

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    Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P. T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison []  2020-7-30 18:41

    Amazing writing, perfect research and historically mesmerizing. The evolution of our relationship with these amazing beasts. Recommended reading for history buffs.

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    Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P. T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison []  2020-7-30 18:41

    Sad yet truly telling of the smarmy undersides of the circus business. I felt so sorry for Topsy and her fellow animals throughout the book. Mesmerizing and tawdry acc of Edison and Barnum in financial cahoots with not good Topsy in the middle. Really hardhearted and callous.

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    Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P. T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison []  2020-7-30 18:41

    Perfect depiction of the times, the circuses of the day, and the plight of this not good elephant. The writing is excellent, and the book memorable.

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    Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P. T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison []  2020-7-30 18:41

    Part of a collection of books I have yet to read.

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    Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P. T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison []  2020-7-30 18:41

    Really dealt more with the bitter rivalry between Edison and Tesla, and the extreme lengths that the former would go to test to discredit the latter. Edison also electrocuted dogs and a few human condemned criminals. All to test to prove that his way of producing electricity was better than Tesla's. Cruelty that would never be allowed today, thank goodness. The animal rights people will be appalled by this book. With amazing reason. Topsy suffered years of serious abuse before her poor end.

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    Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P. T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison []  2020-7-30 18:41

    Amazing read. Makes me question the animal human bond regarding training, humane aspects in all we do

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