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AFFAIRS OF THE HEART, SERIES 2

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All the drama of English high society unfolds in the second series of Affairs of the Heart. Adapting some of the best-loved tales of Henry James, this vintage collection plays out the tensions and travails of late 19th-century romance. In six scintillating episodes, English accents encounter American attitudes to powerful effect.

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Classic tales of love and loss based on the fiction of Henry James

Peer into the drawing rooms of Victorian high society in these vintage adaptations of the writings of Henry James. This enchanting collection plays out the tensions and travails of late 19th-century romance, in which English accents encounter American attitudes to powerful effect.

Follow the drama as it unfolds in six scintillating episodes. The superb casts include Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius), Eileen Atkins (Cold Mountain), Sinéad Cusack (North and South), Edward Hardwicke (The Return of Sherlock Holmes), Cheryl Campbell (Chariots of Fire), Daniel Massey (Star!), and Christopher Cazenove (The Duchess of Duke Street). Based on Daisy Miller, An International Episode, and other beloved stories by Henry James, the series explores the delicate affairs of the heart with subtlety and strength.

DVD FEATURES INCLUDE Henry James biography and cast filmographies.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Derek Jacobi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 302 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001V7YZCA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,793 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 2, 2009
6 BRITISH UPPER CLASS ROMANTIC COMEDIES, intellectual in spirit. Fantastic film versions of 6 more Henry James tales. Surprise endings, like mystery; romantic, like Austen. A Victorian immersion perfection including architecture, costumes, interior furnishings, manners/speech, and of course...
cleavage.
Where Victorian romance meets London socialite genre humor. Yes, actually some laugh-out-loud moments in these romances of the past.

There is a fantastic list of super-stars in these performances, 12 of which have filographies as bonus material. They include Cheryl Campbell, Jeremy Clyde, Sinead Cusack, Christopher Cazenove, Eileen Atkins, Michael Bryant, Richard Morant, Barbara Murray, Georgina Hale, Daniel Massey, Diane Cilento, & Edward Hardwicke.
Bonus stuff also has a Henry James biography. American born James eventually settled in London and wrote "Daisy Miller" included in this DVD adaptations set. 6 individual stories, about 50 minutes each. Great TV-dinner theater.

Fun period stories, which never go out of date, and always with the climatic endings by James, where all does not unfailingly end happily ever after, but can at times. He keeps you guessing. Of course, you'll want to get the first series as well, after seeing this second set. See my review for "AFFAIRS of the HEART SERIES ONE".

If interested, here's the details:
_____Episode 1: EMMA (based on the novel "Lord Beauprey")
Preferring bachelorhood, Guy (Jeremy Clyde) suddenly inherits a title and fortune. Lord Guy Beauprey is frightfully (and comically) besieged by eligible females, some with pushy mother's at their heels. He begs lifelong friend, Emma (Cheryl Campbell), for a fictitious engagement arrangement. But she has her own American suitor.
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I love Henry James stories and there are definitely great actors in this set Derek Jacobi, Eileen Atkins among other that if you love Brit movies and Masterpiece on PBS you'll recognize. Interesting development as they've taken six adaptations of Henry James work and turned each into 1 hour episodes with various actors. I'm glad I bought it...I was just surprised that given my usual enthusiasm for such things I wasn't more "blown away" then again maybe it was the fact that it had been filmed in the 1974 and released as a DVD in
2009...and by now with Blu-ray and HDTV I'm just used to brighter, shiny, images. Will have to watch it a few more times to see if it grows on me...as I noticed a few other reviewers gave it a 5. But somehow this set stands out as I've several DVD's of older movies as well as series such as The Original Upstairs Downstairs that haven't left me so flat so maybe it's not a production thing at all.
If you can find it used and cheap it's definitely worth trying.
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The actors are excellent, and while it is obvious all filming was done in the studio, the costumes and sets are splendid evocations of the times of the stories. The adaptation of 'Daisy Miller' is a good thumbnail of the novella. The other stories are unfamiliar to me in their original form but they all are dramatically convincing.

It's also enjoyable to see so many veteran actors like Eileen Atkins, Edward Hardwick, Daniel Massey & Derek Jacobi in their younger days!

Fran
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