The Tamarind Seed (3 stars)

(15) 125min (Network DVD rental/retail)

Blake Edwards’ 1974 cold war jape was sumptuously shot in widescreen by Freddie Young, presumably to fit stars of the then magnitude - Omar Sharif and Julie Andrews. Andrews is the humble British civil servant to Sharif’s military attaché from the Soviet Union. Opposites attract while the powers that be lay obstacles in the path of true love. Edwards plays up the impossibility of the romance at every opportunity while Sharif is on Casanova autopilot. The film’s charm now stems from its being so obviously of its period both in subject matter and star appeal - and isn’t necessarily the worse for that. Extras include a couple of enjoyable interviews with Sharif on The Russell Harty Show.

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