|Romance with a Double Bass|
|Directed by||Robert Young|
|Written by||John Cleese|
|Screenplay by||Bill Owen|
|Based on||Romance with a Double Bass|
by Anton Chekhov
|Music by||Leon Cohen|
|approx. 40 min.|
Romance with a Double Bass is a 1974 British short comedy film directed by Robert Young. It was adapted by Young and John Cleese from a screenplay by Bill Owen that was originally based on the short story of the same name by Anton Chekhov. It stars Cleese and his then wife Connie Booth. The cast included Andrew Sachs who would work with Cleese and Booth in Fawlty Towers the following year.
Smychkov (Cleese), a bassist, shows up too early for the ball of a beautiful princess, and decides to spend his extra time skinny dipping in the nearby lake. The princess (Booth), meanwhile, has gone fishing at the lake, and later decides to go skinny dipping as well. However, things change when a thief absconds with both Smychkov's and the Princess's clothes, and while the Princess is wandering around, she meets Smychkov. After their initially embarrassing encounter, he tries to help her return to the castle by hiding her in his bass case.
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