The Scarlet Tunic review

A redoubtable British period piece, The Scarlet Tunic is based on Thomas Hardy's short story The Melancholy Hussar, which in turn is based on true events. The tragic tale of love lost and found, it revolves around the clandestine relationship between a German army officer and the daughter of a wealthy landowner, who's betrothed to a dullard. Budgeted at £354,000, with all the cash raised by investors, the picture looks anything but cheap, and benefits hugely from the stunning scenery of Hardy country. With measured, winning performances from Barr and, in particular, Fielding, The Scarlet Tunic proves an unexpected treat.

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