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The Scarlet Tunic (1998)

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Matthaus Singer
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Captain Fairfax
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Emily Marlowe
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Christoph Singer
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Muller
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William Parsons
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Amy Parsons
Roger May ...
Fridon
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Dotty Marlowe
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Strasser
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Lizzie, Landlady
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Officer Hubbard
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The spectacular scenery of Wessex and the Dorset coast provides the backdrop for this adaptation of a Thomas Hardy short story. Set in nineteenth century rural England, this is the story of forbidden romance between a German hussar serving with King George III's personal cavalry, Matthaus Singer, and the only daughter of a West country solicitor, Frances Groves. The German legion is encamped on the downs as the threat of war with Napoleon looms. Matthaus longs for his homeland and Frances is trapped in an interminable engagement to one of her father's business associates, Humphrey Gould. Illicit meetings between Frances and Matthaus flare into a passionate affair as each searches for escape and happiness. Were they to be discovered, she would be branded a soldier's whore and he a disgrace to his regiment... Written by Anonymous

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Captain Fairfax: [to Matthaus Singer] It'd be a bitter disappointment to me to have you lose the stripes from your tunic only to gain those stripes on your skin.
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Great Use of Light Creates Impact
18 March 2002 | by (Eshaness Lighthouse Shetland Islands) – See all my reviews

The Scarlet Tunic strongest point is the quality of the photography particularly in the use of colour and light. The spectacular scenery of the Wessex and Dorset coast provides natural beauty but other scenes using light in a unique way are key to the film's overall effect. The setting in the army camp comes to life completely through the use of superb light and shadows. Another example is the dramatic use of the scarlet tunic itself. The scene with the bright red garment lying on the beach creates a vivid and heart rendering moment. The story is one of a tragic romance, which is made even stronger by the quality of the visuals. Some of the acting is excellent with the two lead characters strong. My only negative feeling about this film was some of the characters are over acted and tend to distract from the overall quality of the film with the most objectionable being the Army captain.


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