Birdsong 1 Season 2012

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Season 1
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1. Birdsong - Part 1 TV-MA CC

As Stephen Wraysford fights in the terrifying death-filled trenches of northern France, he is haunted by memories of his past. This episode contains graphic violence and sexual situations not suitable for all viewers.

Starring:
Eddie Redmayne, Laurent Lafitte
Runtime:
1 hour 25 minutes
Original air date:
April 22, 2012

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Birdsong - Part 1

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Good acting, great story ,loved it.
robert freier
I read the book and like it, but it was the BBC film that really brought it home for me.
Maia C. Larkin
The love story part has some good twists.
May Botany

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Sebastian Faulks' beloved WWII novel "Birdsong" makes a handsome two-part presentation as a part of Masterpiece Classics. Fans of the book, especially with the U. K. premiere, expressed a fair amount of disappointment in the liberties taken by Abi Morgan (The Hours, which coincidentally was also much more acclaimed on its U.S. debut than it had been in Britain). Having read the source material many years ago, I think this is an earnest adaptation. I don't get too caught up with the similarities and the divergences, however, the work must stand independently as a film. The harshest criticisms that I have read seem a bit unwarranted, but the glowing accolades miss the mark as well. This well-meaning and gorgeously produced film experiences some of the same problems that many adaptations of a literary success have faced. It's hard to bring the subtle nuance and introspection of fine prose to the screen without it seeming a tad disconnected.

Eddie Redmayne plays the title character (this casting upset some, but Redmayne is quite good even if not the perfect "book" Stephen of your imagination). His story is told between two juxtaposed stories: one supposedly recounting the love story of his life, one his days in the trenches during the Great War. As he remembers his idyllic true love, however, it seems a little less successful than I would have liked. A pre-war Redmayne meets a lovely French woman (Clemence Poesy) when he is working with her husband. After a few chaste exchanges, suddenly they are deeply in love with no regard for her circumstances. The only cue that this is a grand romance is Redmayne's moony expression when no one is looking but the screenplay never builds much romance or even friendship between the two.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Denise Brown on May 15, 2012
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All i can say is wow! PBS has really became a great channel! this show/movie was so good! i watched it at least a dozen times already!! the cast and acting was superb! PBS spared no expense filing Birdsong, it is blockbuster stuff!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia on April 23, 2012
This WWI movie, with lush flashbacks to pre-war France, is alternately beautiful and horrifying. The trenches in the France in 1916 are ghastly. Intermingled are haunting and evocative images of a romance from before the war. Acting is excellent. Beautifully crafted movie.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Myriam C Hudson on January 22, 2013
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A very enjoyable heartwrenching tale. Well acted, beautiful scenery, and realistic re-enactment of the British World war 1 fighting against the Germans in France. But not for the faint hearted. Yes, I would recommend it to someone.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Denise Brown on June 29, 2012
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this movie (mini series) is so good. i rented it by chance and boy i am glad i did! i really don't even like love story's, but this is so much more than your same old same old. it is the type of movie to where you become emotionally invested in each character. its a love/war/drama story. i will watch again...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hamp101 on January 10, 2013
Captivating from beginning to end. I was so glad this was the equivalent of two movies so I can relish every moment. Eddie is a fabulous actor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LikesRomTragicDramas on March 3, 2013
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Tearjerker. Original. Beautiful.
A truly touching story of Hope that will inspire and bless your heart.
Thanks! Loved it! Watch it!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mstangmama on September 27, 2012
This has to be one of the best love stories I have EVER seen. May not have the standard ending but what a ride getting there. Puts you into a time and place that our generation (thankfully) will never have to live through. Though it truly makes you appreciate the struggles that those who went before us made, for us. I can not recommend this movie/series more highly. This one is good for men and women alike as you have love and war both portrayed beautifully well.
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