The Young Visiters (2004) short review

This adaptation of a novel written by a 9 year old girl in 1890s England is cute and silly. Alfred Salteena (Jim Broadbent) tries to get the attention of Ethel Monticue by impressing her with all of the lords and ladies he knows (of which he really knows none). When he lucks out with an invitation to visit Lord Clark (Hugh Laurie), he unwittingly introduces a rival. Although I haven’t read the book (it’s now on my list!), you can tell they had fun bringing in some of the author’s more silly bits. The over the top 1890s costuming works really well (altho it looks more 1895 than 1898, we won’t nitpick) and is really quite accurate.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.