On Tuesday 31 March at 5pm, The Telegraph’s Head of Fashion Lisa Armstrong will be hosting this live blog for a communal re-watch of the black and white British comedy classic: one of Lisa’s all-time favourite films. Can’t make 5pm? Don’t fret! Just put on the film whenever, come back to this live blog and scroll down to the bottom of Lisa’s commentary.
All you have to do is buy the film for the small price of £3.49 on Amazon Prime and, as you watch, check back to this article, where you can read all of Lisa’s thoughts and commentary about the film, and, naturally, its fabulous style.
“How can a 1949 film about a Victorian serial murderer be so uplifting?” asks Lisa. “The elegance of the witty script certainly helps, never once faltering on its tightrope between macabre and mischievous. The acting’s pretty wonderful too: not only Alec Guinness’s deft turn as eight characters, including a ferocious suffragette, but Joan Greenwood as purring siren, Sibella, and Valerie Hobson as the film’s much needed moral compass. All this and spectacular costumes (Sibella’s hats are a cameo in their own right) make this a joyous diversion, especially in its remastered 70th birthday edition.”
Please find a link to the film here.