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Bleak House (2005/BD) [Blu-ray]
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The eight parts will be shown so that the first and last will run two hours and the four in between an hour each. I found the complex plot actually easier to follow in this version than I did in the earlier one. And while I prefer Rigg to Anderson, I think I can easily recommend this new adaptation over the other.
The story--lawyers will hate it--involves the infamous Court of Chancery in which disputes over estates can be buried for years until the lawyers' fees make further legalizing unnecessary. Against this background, the case of Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce being a major part of it, we have the story of John Jarndyce (Denis Lawson), his ward Ada (Carey Mulligan), her companion Esther (Anna Maxwell Martin), and Ada's beloved Richard (Patrick Kennedy).
The latter becomes obsessed with the case, while Esther becomes involved in the mysterious past of Lady Dedlock, who happens to recognize the handwriting on some legal documents delivered by the utterly immoral family solicitor Tulkinghorn (Charles Dance). I will not reveal any more of the plot, lest it spoil your enjoyment.Read more ›
Dickens can be difficult to translate to film. His cartoonish drawings of his characters, both literal and literary, are the stuff of political lampoon. And he IS interested in politics; the politics of class, culture, the legal system, and how his characters are trapped in them, by situation, and by their own human choices. His characters and story lines are so intricate that they must have been manna for the readers of his (no tv, no film) time period, but they can sometimes be dry and dull for a modern audience.
Enter the skillfull writing of THE MASTER ADAPTOR Andrew Davies, and a production that careens and slams prison doors from one story to another, and we are briskly carried along... in this story of secrets, blackmail, and the endless wait for the legal system to do... something... anything.
As with most BBC casting, it is excellent... every single character not only LOOKS as they should, but can really act. Nice to see Gillian Anderson break through and prove that yes, american actresses really CAN run with the best of them, if they get the chance to. Anna Maxwell Martin as our lead protagonist is simply wonderful. She has the kind of looks that we do not get to see in the hollywood casting system. Her character does not rely on her appearance, because she knows she can not, but she becomes so dear to us, we care deeply about her, and her complexity and calm in the midst of chaos reveal her true inner beauty. Through her we see the souls of others as they respond to her.Read more ›
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I like both this version, & the earlier version that starred Diana Rigg.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love this version of Bleak House. Introduced my very skeptical husband to Dickens and he could barely wait to see the next episode.Published 7 days ago by lori
Instant classic- the period drama by which all others should be judged by.Published 1 month ago by J. Alex G
Excellent acting, writing, directing, superb period piece! Every time I see the one actor in something else, I say "shake me up Judy! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sally G Lancaster
Excellent Dicken's adaptation by Andrew Davies. The cast is superb. It might be long but does justice to the text and well worth taking the time to watch. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Blodgett
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|More than platonic? Probably not.||
I thought it was obvious -- especially when she asked Rosa's age, and heard that it was about the same age as her own daughter. A "more than platonic" relationship wouldn't need the age line.
Jun 13, 2014 by EA Solinas | See all 3 posts
|One of the 3 disks went wonky!||Be the first to reply|
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