7 November 2017 | boblipton
They Didn't Know What They Wanted
Based on a novel by Compton McKenzie, CARNIVAL is about Sally Gray, a girl from an unhappy home who joins the corps de ballet and entrances all the men: Michael Wilding, an artist, Michael Clarke, his best friend, and Bernard Miles, who marries her and takes her and her crippled sister, Hazel Court, to his dark Cornwall farm.
The movie is full of actors giving fine performances, but it suffers from a problem frequent to the era, of being cut down, both in terms of what can be depicted in a movie, as opposed to a novel, and what would pass a censor. As a result, it becomes a movie of incidents, in which Miss Gray's character often seems to be uncertain as to what she actually wants -- which is, I believe a major point of the story -- and in seeming inconsistencies in Miss Gray's character. In the end, it all fits together, although the viewer may lack the patience to assemble the jigsaw offered.
Even so, the production values, the location shooting and the performances offered will serve to make this worthwhile, particularly for those anxious to see what Miss Gray had to offer after an absence of five years from the screen.