The Queen of Spades Reviews

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October 19, 2019
... full of big ideas and grand feelings along with the psychological intrigue and hint of the supernatural that give this film a special edge.
October 18, 2016
The Queen of Spades, a stylish, polished melodrama based on the Pushkin novella, is [Thorold Dickinson's] most accomplished film.
October 18, 2016
Otto Heller's chiaroscuro cinematography and Oliver Messel's Gothic designs play vital roles in Dickinson's thorough demolition of period genteelness for the horror in it.
October 18, 2016
The Queen of Spades is a treasured relic of a time when the British cinema momentarily abandoned its good manners and revelled gloriously in visual and emotional excess.
October 18, 2016
Though it does not run as smoothly as other films directed by Thorold Dickinson, it is an outstanding and worthwhile production.
October 18, 2016
The story develops a morbidly exciting grip thanks to the maniacally superstitious Walbrook and Evans's otherworldly chill -- the funeral scene alone will make you jump.
October 18, 2016
I regret to say I think it is more of a curio than a classic.
October 18, 2016
It's beautifully lit and photographed, capturing the decadence of old St Petersburg before the Napoleonic Wars, and creates a wonderful atmosphere of tension in its depiction of a Faustian pact.
October 19, 2014
A masterfully filmed surreal atmospheric supernatural tale.
July 6, 2010
Gripping and intricately designed.
January 15, 2010
A black-and-white gem that truly deserves to be hailed as a 'lost classic'.
December 24, 2009
This is a little-seen film that deserves to find an audience.
March 26, 2009
Opulence of Imperial Russia at the beginning of the 19th century provides a colorful background for this filmization of Alexander Pushkin's short story, which brings to the screen a legend of gambling and intrigue.
May 6, 2008
Wild gypsy dancing, shadow lighting and an excellent musical score are well used for mood creation in this weirdly fascinating film.
February 9, 2006
Pushkin's marvellously histrionic tale of cupidity and terrible vengeance gets a suitably wild-eyed treatment in Thorold Dickinson's 1949 film.
August 29, 2005
May 8, 2004
[A] bizarre and atmospheric supernatural drama.
May 8, 2004
A truly great chiller.
May 8, 2004
A handsomely mounted and highly atmospheric ghost story that still chills the blood.
June 3, 2003
It's more distressing to witness just how much the mood of a dark and uncompromising masterpiece can be sabotaged by a producer with his eyes on the easy uplift.
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