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The series also details his personal life, focusing on his 33-year marriage to the considerably older Mary Anne Lewis (Mary Peach), the widow of Disraeli's former patron and a seemingly frivolous chatterbox whom he admittedly married for her money ("I never intend to marry for love," he said. "It's a guarantee of unhappiness"), only to end up completely devoted to her. Along the way, Disraeli and his fellow politicians also deal with issues ranging from India and the Suez Canal to Ireland and the looming threat posed by Germany's "Iron Chancellor," Otto von Bismarck. All of this is accomplished primarily with words (including Disraeli's own, as well as those of scriptwriter David Butler), and there are lots of them. Disraeli isn't exactly action-packed--indeed, this is a genteel, stately, and occasionally rather tedious undertaking--but those willing to stick with it for its four-plus hours will find no shortage of rewards. --Sam Graham
I have wanted to add this movie to my Ian McShane DVD collection for quite sometime. Delighted to have found it here!Published 10 months ago by Pina Nowak
Saw this on PBS a long time ago and thoroughly enjoyed. I had a favorite late aunt and we used to enjoy watching Masterpiece Theater. This was one of our favorites.Published 15 months ago by Joseph L, Brady, Jr.
I bought this for my husband and he absolutely loves it. He watches it over and over again . It is a quality DVDPublished 15 months ago by Cheryl E. Wortham
Ian Mcshane gives a glorious performance as the odd but effective and brilliant Disraeli. His life was important and his story was given a geat telling here.Published 16 months ago by Kalamere
I was disappointed in the film. It seemed to be a play that was filmed--just seemed to be off key and didn't focus on
the detail that occured during that time.
This dvd was wonderful. I loved the acting, the story line, the characters. I have read the life of Disraeli and this followed is very closely.Published on March 5, 2013 by Ann M. Bowen
Ian McShane did a good job portraying Benjamin Disraeli. I've always been fascinated by Disraeli and his rise to England's Prime Minister.Published on January 15, 2012 by Patsy Palmadessa
This film is a fascinating historical drama on the life of Benjamin Disraeli, two time conservative prime minister of Britain. Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by A. B. Denton