Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Grace Kelly in "The Swan"

From IMDB:

Princess Beatrice's days of enjoying the regal life are numbered unless her only daughter, Princess Alexandra, makes a good impression on a distant cousin when he pays a surprise visit to their palace. Prince Albert has searched all over Europe for a bride and he's bored by the whole courtship routine. He is more interested in the estate's dairy than Alexandra's rose garden. And then he starts playing football with the tutor and Alexandra's brothers.

Princess Alexandra (Grace Kelly) is infatuated with her brothers' tutor, but she confesses to him, "I want to be Queen." And so she continues to pursue the indifferent Prince Albert (Alec Guinness). This, of course, echoes Miss Kelly's real-life decision to marry Prince Rainier despite being in love with another man, which she made shortly after completing filming of this movie.

It's a beautifully filmed movie, with a stellar cast. It hasn't been released on DVD, but it's airing on TCM on July 31st at 6 pm.

(The original trailer can be viewed here.)

My favorite line: the Dowager Queen tells her rambunctious grandsons: "Quiet, boys, this is not a republic!"


MadMonarchist said...

One of my favorites. Of course I'm partial to Grace Kelly but "The Swan" is one of her best I think, right up there with the last one and of course "The Country Girl" and a few others.

Moshea bat Abraham said...

I especially like her Hitchcock films. Though I find it amusing that she played a lot of characters who were trying hard to make a man marry them. As if it would be difficult for Grace Kelly to get any man to marry her!