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Looking back on his life in 1920, Claude Monet recalls the story of the Impressionists – a movement that shook the foundation of the art world. With his fellow painters, Auguste Renoir and Frederic Bazille, they begin a forty year struggle against the Salon, the annual state art exhibition. From meeting his hero Edouard Manet to the death of his wife and his lifelong struggles for success, Monet along with his friends and rivals ultimately find the success that they only dreamed was possible.

Special Features

  • 55-minute bonus documentary "Claude Monet: Painter of Light"

Product Details

  • Actors: Sebastian Armesto, Richard Armitage, Charlie Condou, Aden Gillett, Julian Glover
  • Directors: Tim Dunn
  • Writers: Colin Swash, Sarah Woods
  • Producers: Tim Dunn, Kim Thomas, Mary Downes, Peter Cotton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IHYXK8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Impressionists" on IMDb

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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Katie Nelson on December 12, 2006
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I eagerly awaited the release of this DVD. I fell in love with Richard Armitage in North & South (who didn't) and I have always been a fan of the French Impressionists, especially Monet. I thought that the miniseries was very well made, bringing actual paintings into the script, and really put the whole period into context. The acting was excellent and the script was well written. That said, this is not a fast moving drama, and those expecting such will be disappointed. There were several funny lines, but overall, it was a slow but beautiful story. I was a little disappointed with the amount of time that was devoted to Cezanne, especially in contrast to how little time was devoted to Renoir. The mini-series is very ambitious--it spans a historical time period of over 40 years. Obviously in three hours there were things that had to be omitted, but it stayed true to the spirit of the Impressionist movement and was enjoyable to watch. If you are a fan of BBC period Drama, I would add this to your collection.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Kate on May 9, 2007
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I had initially bought this based solely on the fact that Richard Armitage is in it. I was not disappointed. It is an incredibly engaging piece dedicated to the life of Claude Monet and his circle of artist friends of the time. I did not know much about TI before this so it was a wonderful lesson in art. The most enjoyable parts were when the paintings we all know so well had been brought to life right in front of my eyes. The subject, the surroundings, the story behind the paintings were revealed. We know them so well today as the greats but here we get to see the struggles they went thru at the time and how they were treated by their contemporaries. It's one that I've happily added to my DVD library and would watch again.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Phil G. on December 23, 2006
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I really did not know what to expect when I bought this dvd. It really explores the whole impressionist movement from the beginning. It covers the artists: Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Bazille and Cezanne. These artists were all interconnected with one another and suffered great rejection from the art establishment for years. I was really engrossed in the personal stories of each artist from youth to the end of their lives. The stories show how some of the paintings were created and at the end of the scenes, the genuine paintings were displayed. I am an artist myself and particularly enjoyed seeing this. With genius usually comes oddity and you will not be disappointed. Besides the art history lesson, the series also demonstrates that reaching for one's dreams, even in the face of adversity, pays off. Touching story from which I learned a great deal.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jude 48 on February 17, 2011
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Sorry to be a wet blanket but annoyance and disbelief were my main emotions as I watched this so-called "true story". I am not denying that what is shown is mostly true; it is what has been left out that makes me cross. Where is Pissarro, whom Monet met before he met Renoir, and who was the stabilising influence behind the whole movement? When Renoir says he feels Impressionism has run its course, Monet bemoans that he is the "only one left". Actually there was also Sisley, who was at Gleyre's studio with them and was arguably the purest Impressionist of them all; there was Berthe Morisot and there was Mary Cassatt. Pissarro and Morisot were the only ones who exhibited in ALL the Impressionist exhibitions. Early on Monet says he invented open-air painting. Actually, he didn't - Corot and the Barbizons painted in the open air before he did, and he was introduced to it by Boudin. He says shadow is coloured because he can 'see' it. Actually it was Delacroix who first made that discovery. And so on. For the life of me I cannot see why history has to be over-simplified as if we can't cope with a few more characters and accurate facts.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Judith Johnson VINE VOICE on July 19, 2009
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I didn't know this 2006 BBC mini-series existed until I kept seeing clips from it in Youtube vids featuring actor Richard Armitage. Since RA looked really hot and as I have an Art History degree it seemed like a natural. It was an entrancing three hours!

It is a quasi-documentary centered around several of the founders of the Impressionist movement-Manet, Renoir, Degas, Bazille, Cezanne, etc. It is told from the perspective of an aged Monet who is portrayed in flashback by Armitage. Beginning in 1866 when several of them are in art school together, it follows the remainder of their lives. Some viewers may have quibbles with omissions, artistic license, etc., however, I found it fascinating, informative and visually stunning. It is an interesting perspective to realize there was a time when Impressionism was seen as avant garde and even ugly.

The excellent cinematography allows a visual experience of the qualities the Impressionists were trying to convey and there are wonderful dissolves from the scenes into the actual paintings. The costumes are impeccable as most of them were taken from the clothing in the paintings. Monet's charming family life and Giverny are beautifully portrayed.

The actors are all excellent but Armitage shines in his role as Claude Monet *the blue of his painting smock matches his eyes*. The scenes of him conveying his joy in the qualities of smoke, fog and dappled sunshine really should open the viewers eyes to the simple beauty in our world. I found his compulsive desire to convey the wonders of color, even while sketching the face of his dying wife, to be very moving. It is a bit macabre but I know that Diego Riviera sketched the bone structure of the newly cremated body of Frieda Kahlo before she slowly dissolved into ash. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the artist.
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