Topsy-Turvy (Criterion Collection)

Starring: Jim Broadbent & Allan Corduner Director: Mike Leigh  Rated: R: Restricted
Gilbert & Sullivan & So Much More
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1999
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Disc One: The Film
    • Audio Commentary by Cinematographer Dick Pope
    • Audio Commentary featuring Director Mike Leigh
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • TV Spots
    • Disc Two: The Supplements
    • New Video Conversation between Leigh and Musical Director Gary Yershon
    • Leigh's 1992 Short Film A Sense of History, Written by and Starring Actor Jim Broadbent
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Featurette from 1999 including Interviews with Leigh and Cast Members
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Dolby Digital Surround

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 2000 - Best Costume Design: Lindy Hemming
Academy Awards 2000 - Best Makeup: Chris Blundell & Trefor Proud

Entertainment Reviews:

Variety -
"...[A] beautifully crafted and lively romp..."
Rolling Stone - 01/20/2000
Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's "Ten Best Movies of 1999" -- "A touching masterwork about the art of making art..."
Total Film - 03/01/2000
"...Beautiful to look at...as funny as it is poignant, TOPSY-TURVY boasts a handful of great supporting turns..."
USA Today - 12/17/1999
"...What a merry revelation -- one of the year's best movies and certainly its most delightful screen surprise..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/15/1999
"...The performances cut deeper than usual for costume films, and the actors once again seem to literally become who they're playing. That's especially true with the intense, captivating work done by Allan Corduner as Sullivan and Leigh veteran Jim Broadbent as Gilbert..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/21/2000
"...Gloriously entertaining....TOPSY-TURVY is about love of the theater....It is one of the year's best films..."
Wall Street Journal - 03/13/2014
"There's something thrilling about Mike Leigh's movie, which is as smart as it is beautiful, and miraculously entertaining."

Product Description:

Director Mike Leigh's high-minded telling of the story of legendary musical team Gilbert & Sullivan is one of the director's most thorough, highly ambitious efforts. Concentrating mainly on the tumultuous period just before the conception and production of the pair's THE MIKADO (first staged in 1885), Leigh's film rings true with an authenticity that transports the audience back to Victorian England with remarkable ease. Leigh, who comes from an extensive theater background, researched this period in English history exhaustively, from etiquette to the costumes to the production numbers. Both Jim Broadbent (as the negative-minded William Schwenk Gilbert) and Allan Corduner (as the "genius," Arthur Sullivan) deliver impassioned, entirely believable performances, as do the supporting players--particularly Kevin McKidd, Lesley Manville, and Leigh regular Timothy Spall. Notably different from the director's previous brutally realistic, modern day examinations (such as NAKED and SECRETS AND LIES), Leigh's film bears genuine affection for the work of Gilbert & Sullivan, which shines through in every frame. Successfully blending comedy, music, historical drama, and human emotion, TOPSY-TURVY proves that Leigh is not just a brilliant chronicler of modern class conflicts in England; he is a thorough, sensitive filmmaker with a tight grasp on the human condition.

Plot Synopsis:

TOPSY-TURVY is director Mike Leigh's entertaining tribute to theater pioneers Gilbert & Sullivan. The tale focuses mainly on their production of THE MIKADO from 1885, with Leigh's obvious affection for their work evident in every immaculate scene.

Plot Keywords:

Great Britain | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: December 15, 1999
  • Shot on location in England.
  • TOPSY-TURVY is director Mike Leigh's first period piece, after dealing solely with modern day critiques of the English working class.
  • Philip French of The Guardian (U.K.) named TOPSY-TURVY one of the top ten films of 2000.

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Product Info:

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  • UPC: 715515069014
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