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Previously released in two installments, "The Forsyte Saga" is finally being compiled in its entirety. The first six-part Masterpiece Theater miniseries was presented in 2002 with the second story arc of four episodes airing in 2003. Based on the works of John Galsworthy, this isn't the first time British TV tackled this epic family drama. A BBC production of the same name debuted in 1967, ran for 26 episodes, and figured in both the 1968 BAFTA and the 1970 Emmy races (after it premiered stateside). Some will contend that this original presentation is better or more complete and with a considerably longer running time, I'd be hard pressed to disagree with this assessment. Be that as it may, I think this interpretation of "The Forsyte Saga" fully stands on its own as a top-notch entertainment. A great cast (led by the tremendous Damian Lewis) brings this multigenerational story to life, and it is an absolute must-own for lovers of sophisticated adult drama. While I've seen Lewis excel in everything from "Band of Brothers" to the current "Homeland," this is ultimately the role and character that I most quickly associate him with. He's truly that memorable!
The tale initially centers around Lewis (as Soames Forsyte) and his cousin Jolyon played by Rupert Graves near the end of the 1800s (the story is set over several decades). The two cousins are left to carry on the Forsyte legacy, but the two men couldn't be more different.Read more ›
The scenes are filmed in beautiful locations with 19th century and early 20th century gorgeous costumes, furnishings and lots of horse drawn carriages and so are delightful to watch. However, one strange element is that even though the saga stretches over more than 50 years, the adult actors never change their appearance at all; they look exactly the same in their 20's as they do in their 70's. Their children are born and grow into adults and the result is that the actors playing the adult children look almost the same age as their old parents. There could have been at least an attempt at making the old characters have grey hair or some other signs of age, but alas, nothing was done at all.
The story truly wraps around the character of Soames Forsyte. This is a man who represents the higher echelon of society and loves the 1800's London world. He's a man of property who sees his future in the form of the lovely Irene - who he begins to pursue like a hungry lion chasing after a doe with only marriage in mind. Irene is not really fond of Soames, but when her stepmother tells her they will soon be destitute, Irene approaches Soames and accepts his proposal.
Now the Forsyte clan is beyond wealthy, and Soames is the manager of all that wealth who demands that the family be respectable. Soon they are celebrating the engagement of June Forsyte, daughter of Jolyon; Jolyon was cast out of the family for leaving his wife and running away with the governess (a major slip-up, which made Soames put him on the `out' list). June's fiancé is a young architect named, Philip Bosinney. When June introduces Philip to her relatives, she singles out Irene, whom she has become very friendly with. What she doesn't realize is that Irene is looking for love - real love.Read more ›
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Great series with great actors. I saw this on PBS and had to have the DVD.Published 10 days ago by ks
I received it on the day set for delivery. I have enjoyed waching the movie.Published 3 months ago by Ruth A Jung
This is a wonderful, wonderful series! I saw it several years ago on PBS and then later rented it from the local library so I could enjoy it again. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Judy
Great story. Terrific actors and actresses. Had to have it on the self to watch anytime. A must have!Published 4 months ago by CH
One of the best shows Ive seen in a long time. Damian Lewis really is a superb actor.Published 5 months ago by Lou