March 9th, 2009


The Yellow Rolls Royce

The Yellow Rolls Royce movie written by Terence Rattigan has been on our Sky+ disk for months. I do not know why I did not watch it sooner. It is a charming anthology of three short stories about owners of a Rolls Royce Phantom II between 1930 and 1941. This portmanteau approach, with the car providing only a very loose link between three doomed loves, was used by Rattigan and his director Anthony Asquith in their 1963 film The V.I.P.s. Given the success of both films, I guess that it was only Rattigan's illness that prevented them from making more. The first story is very much in the emotionally restrained style that characterises much of Rattigan's work but the gangster, his moll, and the young photographer of the second story are all emotionally articulate, and the third involves two people pulled apart by principles in a nod to Casablanca.