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First published in 1892, The Diary of a Nobody has never been out of print, and Evelyn Waugh (Brideshead Revisited) proclaimed it "the funniest book in the world." As adapted by award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies (Bleak House, Pride and Prejudice), this comic masterpiece leaps to life in all its quirky glory.
In a fantastic solo performance, Hugh Bonneville (Iris, Daniel Deronda) perfectly captures the small mind and large aspirations of Mr. Charles Pooter, a middle-aged, middle-class city clerk in late Victorian England who chronicles his daily domestic and social frustrations. Home improvements, petty humiliations, accidents involving an iron boot scraper, tiffs with his wife Carrie, pained encounters with their mildly rebellious son Lupin, visits from friends Mr. Cummings and Mr. Gowing: all are reported by the pompous Pooter in hilarious detail.
"I fail to see--because I do not happen to be a ‘Somebody’--why my diary should not be interesting," Mr. Pooter writes. No blogger ever said it better.
DVD FEATURES INCLUDE biography of authors George and Weedon Grossmith and Hugh Bonneville filmography.
Without any slight to the dramatic talent of Hugh Bonneville, this film offers convincing proof that "The Diary of a Nobody" is impossible to translate to the medium of film. Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. Michael
The book THE DIARY OF A NOBODY is hilariously funny. However, despite the earnest attempt by the film maker, somehow an awful lot of the humor was lost in the single actor... Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by Johanna Hurwitz