The Swan

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  • 1956
  • 1 hr 44 min
  • 6.4  (2,760)

The Swan is a romantic comedy-drama movie that was released in 1956. Directed by Charles Vidor, the movie is set in a fictional European country at the turn of the 20th century, and revolves around the love life of a beautiful princess. The lead role of Princess Alexandra is played by the legendary American actress, Grace Kelly, who is best known for her roles in movies like "High Society" and "Rear Window". In this movie, her character is depicted as being smart, beautiful, and witty, but struggling to find true love in her life.

The story begins with Princess Alexandra being sent off to a ball which is meant to serve as a way for her to meet potential suitors from various royal families. Although she is initially uninterested in finding a partner, she quickly catches the eye of a young prince, played by Alec Guinness. Despite being interested in him, Alexandra is disappointed to learn that he is only using her as a way to advance his political agenda.

Disappointed yet again, the princess retreats to her family's summer home, where she meets a young tutor named Dr. Nicholas, played by French actor Louis Jourdan. Although their initial encounter is awkward, they quickly form a connection, and the two engage in a romantic and humorous series of adventures that leads them to discover their true feelings for each other.

The film explores themes of tradition, duty, and love, with Alexandra being expected to marry a prince, despite her own desires, and Dr. Nicholas struggling to reconcile his love for the princess with his own unanticipated feelings of patriotism.

The chemistry between the lead actors is palpable, and their performances carry the film from start to finish. Kelly, in particular, delivers a standout performance, showcasing her range as an actress as she transitions from comedic moments to emotional scenes with ease.

Although some critics have found the plot to be predictable, and the movie to be stylistically outdated, many others have cited it as an excellent example of classic Hollywood romance. It was Kelly's penultimate movie, as she retired from acting soon after to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco.

Overall, "The Swan" is a heartwarming story that is sure to delight fans of classic romantic comedies. It is a testament to the skill and charm of its lead actors, and captivates audiences with a touching portrayal of love and duty.

The Swan is a 1956 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 44 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4.

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    1 hr 44 min
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    6.4  (2,760)