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Esther Waters [VHS]


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  • Actors: Kathleen Ryan, Dirk Bogarde, Cyril Cusack, Ivor Barnard, Fay Compton
  • Directors: Ian Dalrymple, Peter Proud
  • Writers: George Moore, Gerard Tyrell, Michael Gordon, William Rose
  • Producers: Ian Dalrymple, Peter Proud
  • Format: PAL
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00004CSUJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In an age when so many wish for the "good old days" and too few people read, once in a while a film comes along that gives any viewer easily and directly the information we all need about what life really was like more than a hundred years ago. The past was not happily ever after full of good and decent church going souls. It was a hard and brutally competitive world. A world in which all women of all classes had no choices whatsoever. And men of all classes had few choices. "Esther Waters" depicts this world most graphically. Some might think a 1948 film boring and out of date until they see it. At a time when extreme groups wish us all to believe the past was better and the present is full of failure and regret, indecency and corruption it is a good idea to view films like this. Like Dickens novels, it is based on a late Victorian story. It pulls no punches about Victorian society; a world which has many values that live even today and are just as cruel and/or impractical now as they were then. Try it out. See if you think differently about all the cries, especially from certain groups, that we need to go back to have a better world.
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