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Parade's End 1 Season 2013

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4.2 out of 5 stars (2,288)

A British aristocrat becomes caught up in an era of social upheaval and the onset of World War I in this compelling five-part HBO miniseries. Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Roger Allam and Adelaide Clemens head up a superb cast.

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall

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Season 1
1. Parade's End Part 1

Principled aristocrat Christopher Tietjens enters into a destructive marriage with a cruel socialite. Ignoring her overt flirtation with other men, Christopher resolves to remain faithful, even after encountering a fearless young suffragette.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: February 26, 2013
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2. Parade's End Part 2

After a stint in France with her fawning admirer, Sylvia reunites with Christopher, though their relationship remains turbulent. When war is declared and he is ordered to massage military numbers, Christopher quits and enlists in the army.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: February 26, 2013
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3. Parade's End Part 3

As Christopher recovers from shell shock in France, a round of vicious rumors leads to a shocking tragedy at Groby, his family home; Sylvia finds a new admirer; Valentine secures a London teaching job, but falls out of favor with Edith.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 56 minutes Release date: February 27, 2013
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4. Parade's End Part 4

In Rouen, Christopher prepares recruits for battle; Sylvia visits her husband in France, oblivious to the consequences; Christopher angers the chief of military police and another officer and is ordered to leave Campion's training unit--for the front.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: February 27, 2013
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5. Parade's End Part 5

At the front, Christopher takes over from an officer who suffers from shell shock and a drinking problem. After General Campion arrives, Christopher is sent home--where Sylvia desperately tries to keep her husband from building a future with Valentine.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 56 minutes Release date: February 28, 2013
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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Susanna White
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall
Supporting actors Roger Allam, Adelaide Clemens, Anne-Marie Duff, Rupert Everett, Stephen Graham, Janet McTeer, Miranda Richardson
Season year 2013
Network HBO
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By L. M. Keefer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 16, 2013
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Exquisite. This film is a visual kaleidoscope of color, pattern, texture, atmosphere and emotion. It is composed of choice moments threaded together almost like sensations. What is not said by the characters is as compelling as what is said. It evocatively brings to light England and France from 1908 to 1919. Light and dark juxtapose themselves in this film - which will triumph?

Tom Stoppard takes Ford Maddox Ford's delicious but painful love triangle and spins screenplay gold. The triangle begins when Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch) is "tramped" in a train car by Sylvia Satterthwaite (Rebecca Hall). He feels duty-bound to marry her when she announces she's pregnant - even though all characters suspect it's not his child. Lacking the capacity for contentment, Sylvia ensures Tietjens shares generously in her misery. The triangle locks into place when Tietjens meets Miss Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens), the daughter of a classics professor and young suffragette who has an abundant capacity for joy and for understanding Tietjens. "My dear" she calls the older Tietjens in tender moments. Duty and misery joust with freedom and loving kinship within this triangle.

Tietjen's values "duty, frugality, keeping your word" are part of his gentleman's parade of the dying Edwardian Age. As a statistician, a polymath, who corrects the Encyclopedia Brittanica for enjoyment, Tietjens knows that statistics are smart and predict the coming war and seismic change. But he can't predict how these forces will impact the trajectory of his own life.

What will happen to his gentleman's parade which marches to duty, honor and keeping one's vows? Will the parade allow for comfort and sympathetic companionship with Valentine?
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I read an interview in which Mr. Cumberbatch said because this character was supposed to be a bit pudgy and jowly, they made him stuff padding into his cheeks and tuck his chin way back to create jowls. They also padded his clothes -- that probably made it easier for him to act all wooden as he needed to for this character. Mr. Cumberbatch felt they should have gone further, but just through the power of his acting, I can see him as larger and clumsier than he actually is. And I love when beautiful actors are willing to look less so for a part, but let's face it, he's still Benedict Cumberbatch.

The movie itself is great if you like thoughtful BBC period pieces, as do I (notice, I gave it five stars.) But if you don't like thoughtful BBC period pieces, stay away from this movie. Simple as that -- even if you're a Cumberbatch fan.

If you're a swooning teenage Cumberbatch fan, be aware, you are NOT going to get the lovely, graceful Sherlock or the smoldering Khan, or... They went through plenty of trouble to make him less attractive and his character is just good and kind and sweet, so don't expect any thrills.

If it's the dangerous idea of a relationship with Sherlock that you're into, you're in for disappointment if you watch this film and many of his earlier ones. The man just likes to act and he's fantastic at it. Expect him to do lots more roles that aren't even slightly thrilling for you danger hungry youthes.

By the way, this is Cumberbatch's favorite character. He loved playing Christopher Tiejens because he loves how good, true and honorable the man is. I love Tiejens too, but I always loved the Sherlock stories growing up. I've seen a gazillian movies, etc.
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Oddly enough, this handsome co-production (BBC and HBO) of "Parade's End" isn't even the first adaptation of this wartime saga that I've seen this year! BBC has also dusted another version from 1964 out of their archives for DVD release, and I watched that one prior to settling down to this most current version. Although it has no particular bearing on my comments about this interpretation, it might be of interest to you if you love the story. It features nice performances (Jeanne Moody is merciless as Sylvia) and boasts a young Judi Dench as the second female lead Valentine. I love Dench, so it was a win-win! Ford Madox Ford's "Parade's End" is an epic tale of love, scandal, marriage, and war. It is also about propriety, integrity, and retaining gentlemanly values as the world crumbles around you. It has a very moral center which is why the 1964 version didn't even feel particularly dated, and this lovely new adaptation is nicely stylized between the modern and the old-fashioned. The original publications were actually a series of four shorter novels released between 1924-28 that were pulled together and packaged under the new title of "Parade's End." And pretty much, with this journey, you're getting the bulk of the tale as related through the first three of these novels (the fourth is largely dismissed critically).

There is no denying the extraordinary efforts that the creators have employed to make this prestige piece a can't miss proposition for adult audiences. With beautiful production values, vivid lead performances and an incredibly literate script from premiere playwright Tom Stoppard, "Parade's End" presents a powerful, but not overstated, character journey set against the backdrop of World War I.
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