Little Dorrit (2008)
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Acclaimed screenwriter Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House) brings to DVD an all new Dickens adaptation starring Academy Award Nominee Tom Courtenay (The Golden Compass), Matthew Macfadyen (MI-5, Pride and Prejudice) and newcomer Claire Foy (Being Human). This gripping new series brings to life Dickens's powerful story of struggle and hardship in 1820s London. When Arthur Clennam (Macfadyen) returns to England after many years abroad, his curiosity is piqued by the presence in his mother's house of a young seamstress, Amy Dorrit (Foy). His quest to discover the truth about "Little Dorrit" takes him to the Marshalsea Debtors Prison, where he discovers that the dark shadows of debt stretch far and wide. Filled with humorous yet tragic characters, Little Dorrit is a stirring rags to riches to rags story, exposing the underbelly of nineteenth century British society as only Charles Dickens can.]]>
Last filmed in 1988, Little Dorrit offers material--about greedy lenders and eager investors--ripe for reinterpretation. If the series doesn't surpass Bleak House, a high-water mark in Dickens adaptations, screenwriter Andrew Davies still does the author proud, despite a sketchy subplot concerning a miserable maid and her mysterious protector. But some things never change, and Dickens presents ample scene-stealing opportunities, of which Amanda Redman as a chilly socialite, Pam Ferris as a shallow governess, Russell Tovey as a lovesick suitor, and Andy Serkis as a Gallic psychopath--his creepiest character since Gollum--take full advantage. In the featurette, cast and crew provide a perceptive look at the making of this timely drama. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Dickens style was not lost. The series includes the caravan of peculiar, grotesque, quirky, and funny characters; the names being equally odd: Flintwich, Pancks, Fanny Sparkler, Pet, Tattycoram, Chivery, Tip, Affery, & Tite Barnacle. Dickens suspense was mingled throughout the 14 episodes, with the overriding plot related to "Do not forget" inside a watch, and "Make it right" a dad's dying last words, which remains unrevealed till the end (unless you've read the book). Each individual episode ends with suspense, just like Dickens wrote it originally when published in magazine form.
Pure Dickens, but better. What fabulous scenes, sets, locations, costumes, hair, dialogue, props, cast, it's all perfection even Dickens would be proud of. You will fall in love with Amy, Little Dorrit (Claire Foy) much before Arthur (Matthew Macfadyen). What a delightful adventure into period drama, humor sprinkled, intoxicating, till you can feel the grime of Marshalsea Prison, and sparkle to the glamor of the rich in Venice. A sensual presentation of a rags-to-riches tale.
Was it fiction? The bonus material explains that Dickens father spent 14 weeks in the Marshalsea Debtors Prison, and Charles had to work in a factory at age 12 to help meet the financial needs.Read more ›
The show follows a very typical Dickens plot of slowly developing mysteries and strangely interwoven relationships. Little Dorrit was born inside a debtors' prison and has lived her entire life working unendingly and without complaint to make her father's decades long imprisonment there more bearable. She is the first child born there; this fact and his former stature as a gentleman gives him an informal social superiority inside that he enjoys and uses as possible to his personal benefit. The arrival in London of Arthur Clennam from China to share with his mother the news of his father's death, pushes an already moving story into many surprising turns. Rich and poor, good and bad, people of all social circles find themselves pulled into confronting their changing fortunes. Some who find themselves well-off deal with their new situation far less well than those dealing with adversity.
Dickens is telling a story far too near to his own with the theme of these families forced to see many generations live behind prison walls for the want of a few pounds. The story is one of his strongest and this series tells it honestly and with an incredible strength of cast and script.
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These actors come together as a cohesive cast,and make this story real.Published 17 days ago by BobHugh
Wonderful story. The kind where you are so sad when it ended that I went and bought the book to read. Just an excellent story and many parallel stories as well.Published 1 month ago by WiseLittleBird
From the first two episodes, it appears this miniseries is going to be filled with mystery, intrigue and perhaps even some paranormal suspense. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SpirituallySpeaking
I love watching Dickens but "Little Dorrit" takes more fortitude than most. The mini-series does its best to tell very winding stories full of characters almost too... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lesmiz junkie
This is a magnificently played adaptation of Dickens' gripping and absorbing novel centering on a young seamstress raised by her widowed father in the Marshalsea debtor's prison... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sura Leah
I didn't know anything about the story line before purchasing this, but am really glad I did. This was very well done and I really enjoy it.Published 2 months ago by equuscycle
Fabulous story and beautifully filmed. The casting was perfect. One of the best movies I have seen in a long time. Highly recommended!Published 3 months ago by Lindsay S. Davis
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Just a note to the community:
LG Blu-ray players have no problem with the 50Hz signal. FYI.
Thanks for providing the info, DCGUY.
Jun 26, 2013 by Derek Donnell | See all 3 posts
|Little Dorrit: Subtitles?||
It has English subtitles
Mar 24, 2009 by David Horiuchi | See all 23 posts
|Not the 1988 version ???||
I haven't seen the version you are talking about but the made for tv movie from last year is so good. I watched 10 of the 14 episodes on youtube and I was hooked! They will be airing this tv version on Masterpiece Theather on Sundays from March 29th to April 26th. Hope that helps. :-)
Mar 18, 2009 by Foxys_Ducati | See all 10 posts
|Little Dorritt dvd||
If you are referring to the double DVD set with Little Dorrit and Oliver Twist that was released in 2010, that set does contain the TV miniseries broadcast on PBS TV back in 2009. The DVD has about 15 minutes of additional footage that was cut out of the TV broadcast because the PBS editor... Read More
Apr 1, 2013 by DCGUY | See all 2 posts