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The Diary of a Nobody (2007)

Hugh Bonneville , Susanna White  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hugh Bonneville
  • Directors: Susanna White
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UWOLQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,942 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The British comedy classic adapted by Emmy®-winner Andrew Davies

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.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pooters of the World Unite! November 23, 2009
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What can I add to "Doc's" review? Just a hearty, Amen! Hugh Bonneville was simply superb as Pooter! I had to own the dvd, because I'm sure every so often when the 'world is too much with me' it will be an antidote and escape.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Mr. Charles Pooter, the diary author in "THE DIARY OF A NOBODY", is a nobody, but he simply fails to notice. He is content with life, almost. He presents his diary in a verbal (in this DVD)format, speaking directly to the camera. He most enthusiastically orates about his common middle-class social and family events (the very ones he's written in the diary.) He feels assured the world will eventually enjoy his written diary--when published. Is he the Suburban Snob of 1892? Certainly it's perfected pompousness.

I can not imagine "THE DIARY OF A NOBODY" being as funny without hearing and seeing Pooter (Hugh Bonneville) presenting the diary in dialogue. It's strictly British humor, but at it's Victorian finest. Bonneville's ability to project emotion and expressions is near perfection. Hugh Bonneville can say as much with a lifted eyebrow, an eye roll, a gesture, or a voice change, as what is provided in the script.

In Pooter's written (spoken in this DVD version) accounts, he makes the occasional joke--usually unappreciated by others. A time or two Pooter laughs so hard at his own merriment that he resembles Red Skelton's famous moments of belly-laughing at his own humor.

Pooter loves his 'Home Sweet Home' which is near the rail tracks. He had just moved into the new rental as the diary began, April of 1891. The diary ends in May of 1892. The home is called The Laurels (even though it has no laurels growing, but Pooter and his wife, Carrie, might plant some). It is London, suburbia, Victorian, and the train traffic makes the house quake frequently. But Pooter adjusts. The many views of the 6 or 7 rooms, as well as Pooter's employment location, provides a complete, delightful look at London Victorian living in a middle-class dwelling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cummings and Gowings of Poor old Pooter April 15, 2013
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The book has never been out of print since it was first published in 1892, and with good reason.

George Grossmith created a work of genius. Charles Pooter is the archetype lower middle class Victorian. He strives to raise his status, never succeeding. He grovels before his superiors and patronizes those one rung below him on the social ladder. He is vain, silly, ineffectual and absolutely endearing. The book's illustrations (by Weedon Grossmith)are delightful and bring the pages to life. The television show, faithfully adapted from their work, manages to capture the book's charm and its humor. There is not one minute that's not worth seeing.

Poor old Pooter. Life at The Laurels, a charming name given to an ordinary little bungalow in the unprepossessing suburb of Brickfield Terrace, is mostly disappointing. Things rarely go right for Mr. P. His son is not only a disappointment to him, he is also more successful. His job as a mid-level clerk in a small investment firm brings him some satisfaction, although he is the frequent target of his colleagues' jokes and paper missiles. Even so, Pooter is always optimistic, always eager to elevate his status. His genuine respect and admiration for his employer Mr. Perkupp is as touching as his supercilious and doomed attempts to lord it over tradesmen and delivery boys are funny.

Hugh Bonneville is excellent in what cannot have been an easy role to play or an easy task to undertake. This is a one-man show. We see Pooter at home and in various locations--his office, a somewhat seedy beach hotel--as he narrates his daily life and shares his jokes with us. Mostly daily life is better in the anticipation than reality...and isn't that the way real life sometimes works?
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