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The Fool (1990)

A costume drama and satire about financial skull-duggery, and confidence tricksters in both the upper and lower classes in Victorian London. A working class man impersonates a Lord who is ... See full summary »

Director:

Christine Edzard

Writers:

Christine Edzard (screenplay), Olivier Stockman (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Jacobi ... Mr. Frederick / Sir John
Cyril Cusack ... The Ballad Seller
Ruth Mitchell Ruth Mitchell ... The Girl
Maria Aitken ... Lady Amelia
Irina Brook ... Georgiana Shillibeer
Paul Brooke ... Lord Paramount
Richard Caldicot ... Duke
James Cairncross James Cairncross ... Mr. Trott
Jim Carter ... Mr. Blackthorn
Jonathan Cecil ... Sir Martin Locket
Maria Charles Maria Charles ... The Pure Gatherer
Richard Clifford ... George Locket
James Cosmo ... Mr. Bowring
Rosalie Crutchley ... Mrs. Harris
Chris Darwin Chris Darwin ... Theatre Doorman
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A costume drama and satire about financial skull-duggery, and confidence tricksters in both the upper and lower classes in Victorian London. A working class man impersonates a Lord who is supposedly very rich, and a financial wizard. As such, he is invited to all the best peoples' parties. In fact, he is not, and his wealth and expertise are more in the minds of his associates than in reality. Interestingly, despite the large social gap between the two classes, there are many similarities in what goes on in both within this story. This can be seen as the main character switches back and forth between his charade as a peer, and his real self. Written by Blair Stannard <stannard@sonetis.com>

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Final theatrical movie of Sir Michael Hordern and Paul Burke. See more »

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The Fool - Skull-Duggery, and Confidence Tricksters in Both the Upper and Lower Classes in Victorian London.

The Fool is a Costume Drama and Satire about Financial Skull-Duggery, and Confidence Tricksters in both the Upper and Lower Classes in Victorian London. A working class man impersonates a Lord who is supposedly very rich, and a financial wizard. As such, he is invited to all the best peoples' parties. In fact, he is not, and his wealth and expertise are more in the minds of his associates than in reality. Interestingly, despite the large social gap between the two classes, there are many similarities in what goes on in both within this story. This can be seen as the main character switches back and forth between his charade as a peer, and his real self.

An extraordinary film from Christine Edzard, who also directed Little Dorrit. The film has an atmospheric, almost Dickensian ambience. Jacobi is superb, underplaying his dual roles while clearly establishing two different characters. The supporting cast, especially Cyril Cusack, is also--forgive the repetition--superb. The subtle social satire regarding the haves' attitudes toward the have not's (and vice versa), is clearly relevant today.

Review Courtesy of Sir Neville Cawas Cyrus Bardoliwalla OBE


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1990 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El especulador See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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GBP55,987,994 (estimated)
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Dolby

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Color
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