The Queen of Spades

Dir: Thorold Dickinson
Cast: Edith Evans, Anton Walbrook, Yvonne Mitchell
95mins   1949   UK   PG   English   

Introduced by Depot's Chair of Trustrees Robert Senior

Based on a short story by Alexander Pushkin, this creepy drama tells the tale of Countess Ranevskaya, an elderly woman who sold her soul to the devil in order to always win at cards.

Captain Herman Suvorin, an embittered Russian soldier, becomes obsessed with discovering her secret and also finds himself smitten by her beautiful young companion, Lizaveta Ivanova. As Suvorin gets closer to the truth, his quest takes an unforgettably eerie turn.

'The density of visual detail and incident on screen is superb and the swirling, delirious onrush of storytelling is addictive' - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian