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At Home With the Georgians
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Prize winning author Professor Amanda Vickery sets her sights on the golden age of homemaking - the 18th Century Georgian era. Through dramatic reconstructions, she traces the story of the unique relationship Britons enjoy with their homes, arguing that the Georgians' obsession with decor helped to redefine the parts played by men and women in British society. Characters from all walks of life, including gentlewomen in their stately mansions and servants with only a locking box to call their own, are brought to life as Amanda reveals the private diaries, intimate letters and curious artifacts of the age where the modern notion of a 'home' was born.
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I thought the dvd was informative but had some problems with it. First, the DVD did not appear to have subtitles. This was a problem for me, because one of my family members is hard of hearing and she has particular trouble with accents. Second, at times I felt the presenter manner felt a bit like she was editorializing and leaping to conclusion. I felt sorry for the historical figure she commented looked unattractive, and jowly, and how disappointed she was in his appearance. I would have preferred a more objective narration. I also found the modern music piped in during certain key revelations to be a bit strange and distracting. I know the music was meant to emphasize her point, but it felt oddly out of place.
I did find interesting in particular the discussion of single women and their lives. The home A la Ronde was beautiful.
Overall, while I found it informative, I'm not sure it is worth a re-watch. Perhaps if it was narrated differently.
But I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in watching docu-drama type of films about British History.