Film

A Restored Masterpiece

SARABAND FOR DEAD LOVERS (1948), just released in the UK on DVD sixty years after its premiere, has to have one of the worst titles ever devised for a movie—up there with The Settlement (1983), Howard Rubie’s fine road film only now being recognised as one of the major achievements of the second Australian “New Wave”. The saraband is a stately and solemn dance associated particularly with weddings and funerals. The theme came from the East and made its European debut as a guitar tune in the 1500s. It was well known to Agostino Steffani, kapellmeister at the court of…

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