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William Schwenck Gilbert is the librettist, writing the words. Arthur Sullivan is the composer, writing the music. Gilbert is the very model of a 19th-century British gentleman, an overly proper married man certain that he knows best. For nearly a decade, Gilbert and Sullivan's collaborations have d
William Schwenck Gilbert is the librettist, writing the words. Arthur Sullivan is the composer, writing the music. Gilbert is the very model of a 19th-century British gentleman, an overly proper married man certain that he knows best. For nearly a decade, Gilbert and Sullivan's collaborations have delighted the English people. Their popular comic operas have recouped handsomely for the successful Savoy Theatre... But, in 1884, as a London heat wave cuts into the theater trade, their latest work, "Princess Ida," receives lukewarm press. Sullivan rejects Gilbert's next idea as "topsy-turvy" and unbelievable, and although Gilbert tries to accomodate him, they cannot agree. Mired at a creative impasse, Gilbert and Sullivan can barely converse. Then, Gilbert's wife, Lucy "Kitty" Gilbert, drags him along to a Japanese exhibition--exposure to the very different culture begins inspiration to embark on the production of "The Mikado."
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|MPAA Ratings:||R||Premiere Info:|
|Release Date:||1999||Production Date:|
|Color/B&W:||Distributions Co:||October Films/USA Films|
|Sound:||Production Co:||Roger Sampson .....Production Insurance|
|Duration(mins):||Country:||United Kingdom (GB)|
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Topsy Turvy: Wonderfully Entertaining
Jim Clark 2009-04-10
Topsy Turvy is an award winning 1999 movie about the lives, times, creations, and associations of Sir William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, whose...
Topsy Turvey doesn't disappoint.
Topsy Turvey would be an excellent film to introduce new audiences to the joys of Gilbert and Sullivan. The casting is excellent, particularly Jim...