there's some spy stuff going on; a classic movie that does a great job at executing its primary objectives.
a 3-hour period drama having to do with a girl, her family's preoccupation with a lost royal history, and two men who vie for her attention and love to surprising means and ends.
first of all, it's gorgeous and atmospheric escapism to the max.
and second, the story is engaging. it also provokes questions about honesty, integrity, and the curse of beauty. get the Criterion version and watch it now!