These Foolish Things

  • Film
  • Drama
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This appalling Merchant Ivory-lite romance about an aspiring young actress in ‘30s London comes across like ‘Bullets over Broadway’ for the ITV2 generation. The main problem is that when the film lurches into one of its many narrative cul-de-sacs, writer/director Taylor-Stanley simply adds more characters, never allowing enough time to acquire emotional inroads with any of them.

The sloppy period design consists of a bunch of jazz-handing extras with cigarette holders stuck in their mouths while the studied ’30s mannerisms feel like they’ve been cut and pasted straight from Wikipedia.

An ill-matched cast sees television drama ex-pats trade naff one-liners with the likes of Lauren Bacall, Joss Ackland and Anjelica Huston, whose appearance adds little pedigree to what amounts to a monotonous chain of formulaic romantic clichés. And the less said of Terence Stamp’s horrifying impersonation of John Gielgud’s silver-tongued valet in ‘Arthur’ the better.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday March 10 2006
Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Julia Taylor-Stanley
Screenwriter: Julia Taylor-Stanley
Cast: Joss Ackland
Lauren Bacall
Anjelica Huston
Andrew Lincoln
Terence Stamp
Haydn Gwynne
Zoe Trapper
David Leon
Leo Bill
Mark Umbers
Joanna David
Roy Dotrice
Julia McKenzie
Nickolas Grace
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