Glorious 39

Movies, Drama
3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
Many of British cinema’s grandees (Nighy, Lee, Christie, Redgrave) come out to play for Poliakoff’s first cinema film for over a decade. It’s a Hitchcockian wartime drama whose journey is more interesting than its destination. A superfluous framing device leads us to London and Norfolk on the eve of World War II and the rarefied life of Anne (Garai), the eldest, adopted child of a wealthy family with strong establishment links. Much of the film fizzes with intrigue and recalls the likes of ‘The 39 Steps’ and ‘The Lady Vanishes’ as Poliakoff’s script translates ideas relating to the appeasement of Hitler among the ruling classes into a family drama in which Anne stands alone and increasingly isolated and threatened. The more the film unfolds, though, the less convincing it is, but for the most part this is a thriller that turns the politically corrupting into the personally terrifying.



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Stephen Poliakoff
Stephen Poliakoff
Romola Garai
Bill Nighy
Eddie Redmayne
Julie Christie

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