Middlemarch 1 Season 1994

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Season 1
(257) IMDb 7.7/10

2. Middlemarch Episode 2 TV-PG CC

Causabon and Dorothea are having an uneasy honeymoon. Dr. Lydgate discovers he has enemies.

Starring:
Juliet Aubrey, Douglas Hodge
Runtime:
59 minutes
Original air date:
January 19, 1994

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Customer Reviews

They never really seemed compatible, and their love story just did not work for us, given their characters.
Nelson
Interesting story lines, authentic sets and costumes, excellent acting and well defined characters, an excellent adaptation of the novel.
j wells
This is one of my favorite novels and this is one of my favorite movies or miniseries, which I have viewed many times.
Richard L. Scheer

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228 of 232 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a superb adaptation of George Elliot's novel of the same name. Set in nineteenth century England in the rural town of Middlemarch, it follows the lives of several of its inhabitants, as the threads of their lives intertwine with those of others. Filled with memorable characters with whom the viewer becomes engrossed over the six hours that the series runs, it is a well acted, beautifully filmed period piece.

When an idealistic, ambitious, handsome gentleman, Dr. Tertius Lydgate (Douglas Hodge), moves to Middlemarch with the expectation of running a charity hospital that will allow him the opportunity for medical research, he is teeming with anticipation at his prospects in this provincial backwater. He is quickly thrust into a situation not of his own making, however, as the town seems to be a family divided over who is to be chaplain of the hospital. Aligning himself with his benefactor, Mr. Bulstrode (Peter Jeffrey), the town's unpopular banker, he sets the path upon which he must travel. Moreover, when he freely states his opinions without regard for the existing medical establishment, he makes enemies without even realizing it, so pure of heart is he. Upon meeting the lusciously lovely and thoroughly spoiled social climber, Rosalind Vincy (Trevyn McDowell), daughter of the town's upstart mayor, he is lost to her charms and loses sight of the prize. He sets upon yet another path that will bring him ignominy.

The lovely and intelligent Dorothea Brooke (Juliet Aubrey) is a scion of one of the wealthy first families of Middlemarch. She, too, is idealistic and wants to leave her mark on the world.
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131 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Marcy G. on November 2, 1999
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This is the perfect film for Anglophiles or fans of well-made classic novel adaptations. Based on George Eliot's Victorian novel, this film introduces us to such memorable characters as sweet and sensitive Dorothea Brooke (J. Aubrey), passionate Will Ladislaw (Rufus Sewell), formidable Mr. Casaubon, handsome Dr. Lydgate, materialistic & pretty Rosamund Vincy, and her flighty brother Fred (Jonathan Firth), to name a few - as well as to their hopes, dreams, trials and triumphs. There are 3 love stories featured in this film (2 of them love triangles!), splendid characterizations, high production values and an overall wonderful miniseries! This is very highly recommended!
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 2001
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If you love period piece romance movies you will love this movie. My favorite movie is the BBC's Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle and if you love that miniseries you will love Middlemarch. It looks beautiful and has some wonderful tension filled scenes. One of the romantic heroes is played by Rufas Sewell and he is gorgeous. He pines away for his love and he does it so well. Juliet Aubrey is also wonderful as Dorethea the woman he is in love with. I recommend this movie to anyone who loves 19th century romance.
Michelle
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By J. Kara Russell VINE VOICE on August 29, 2005
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This is one of my all-time favorite BBC productions. I have given it my highest recommendation to friends and family, most importantly because every frame looks like a Vermeer or Rembrant. Add that to the brilliant performances, and engaging story, I have watched it over 30 times. The reason it is only 4 stars is that this breathtaking, artistically literate cinematography was marred in the transferring to DVD... the aspect ratio was changed, making everything slightly longer and narrower than in the video. It is frustrating. Sigh. To those who have not seen it before, you will probably not notice it, unless you focus on when people turn their heads in close up. My other quibble is that these DVDs do not include the really wonderful commentary done before each section in the Masterpiece Theatre presentations. Let's hope they'll add those in as a special feature in following editions. Get it in video if available. I'm still glad I have it, and it will be watched time and again.

Authors note 11/9/06: When I wrote this review a year ago, I had a 17" screen. Now I have a 27" screen and am delighted to find that on a larger screen there are no distortion problems. For large screen owners, don't wait, just get it!
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Adam A. Fine on March 26, 2006
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George Eliot has always been among my favorite authors, and "Middlemarch" is without a doubt her masterpiece. Given the multitude of characters, plot complexity and psychological depth of the book, I feared that "Middlemarch" would never be made into a successful film. That entire plots would be dropped in the interest of time, or the whole of it so neatly packaged as to render it a mere shadow.

Yet in this six-episode, seven-hour series, BBC has created a vivid, authentic distillation of one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. Casting is superb-- particularly the luminous Juliet Aubrey as the quietly passionate, idealistic Dorothea Brooke, and the marvelous Rachel Power as pragmatic Mary Garth.

All the residents of Middlemarch come to full-blooded life in this remarkable adaptation of what is indeed a milestone of fiction-- a social drama with an edge of Austen parody, but with little of her sentimentality. Eliot was far too much of an intellectual, and in Middlemarch, she establishes herself as the godmother of the modern 20th century novel.

Middlemarch is foremost a human drama of hypocrisy and foible, of ambition, success and failure. The spoils go to the victors, who aren't always worthy; and those meant to inherit the earth usually end little more than 6 feet of it. And yet, all too rarely, there are those who do find love and fulfillment in the guise of a soul mate.

Eliot wrote Middlemarch with her usual detachment, painting characters in broad and intimate strokes, but ultimately leaving the reader to pass judgment-- just as her characters do among each other. This perfectly crafted series takes a similar path, never insisting that we love or hate a character, but simply see them as products of their environments, bound intrinsically to their fates, and only with great courage breaking free of convention.
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