Hot Sheet: The Male Form and Single Chicks
BY Advocate.com Editors
May 03 2013 2:42 PM ET
6. DVD: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Sir Ian McKellen does a wonderfully villainous turn in this lush 1982 made-for-TV film, just re-released on DVD by Acorn Media. It’s set in 1790s France, during the Reign of Terror, when the French Revolution went a bit too far. So the foppish Sir Percival Blakeney goes undercover as the Scarlet Pimpernel, saving aristocrats from the guillotine, while facing danger from his nemesis Paul Chauvelin (McKellen), a henchman for the autocratic political leader Robespierre. Starring as Blakeney is Anthony Andrews (who as Sebastian in Brideshead Revisited had a “romantic friendship” with Jeremy Irons’s Charles). Jane Seymour costars as Marguerite St. Just, Blakeney’s wife and Chauvelin’s former lover.