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All the dramas and desires of late Victorian high society are on display in these vintage adaptations of the writings of Henry James. Romantic tales of love and loss unfold from the country houses of England to the drawing rooms of New York, from the palazzos of Venice to the art studios of London. Scoundrels and schemers collide with ingénues and admirers in the terribly intricate affairs of the heart.
This enchanting anthology features a treasure trove of British actors, including Diana Rigg (The Avengers), Margaret Tyzack (Cousin Bette), Pamela Brown (Becket), Patricia Routledge (Hetty Wainthropp Investigates), Ian Ogilvy (I, Claudius), Anton Rodgers (Scrooge), and Jeremy Brett (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes). The hour-long dramas plumb the exquisite tensions of Henry Jamess best-loved stories, including Washington Square, The Aspern Papers, and The Wings of the Dove, with a subtlety and nuance unmatched by more recent adaptations.
DVD FEATURES INCLUDE Henry James biography and cast filmographies.
These stories are mostly very good, but some are over-acted a bit and some are slow-moving. But on the whole they represent period drama and are respectable in their presentation. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brobobeo
While these are cleverly condensed tales in the main, well done for the British television style of their broadcast era, it's best to take a break between. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Commenter77
This Series is, in my opinion, is a waste of time and money. My husband nor I enjoyed it at allPublished 21 months ago by Sarah Jane
We enjoy and have purchased many of the British series from Masterpiece Theater and PBS.
What we didn't know and it does not seem clear in the summaries, is that almost all... Read more
This set of BBC episodes was perfect for us as we could watch one episode after dinner without setting aside the whole evening to watch a feature length movie. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by Margaret L. Griffin