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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.
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 3 hours
- Release date : July 31, 2012
- Actors : At Home With the Georgians
- Studio : Bfs Entertainment
- ASIN : B008F0QBO6
- Number of discs : 3
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#140,891 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #7,428 in Documentary (Movies & TV)
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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.
Great narrating and insight into locations that are generally hidden from public view. Very moving at times, too, as Vickery incorporates not only general knowledge, but personal stories (e.g. diaries) that really bring home the topic at hand.
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It would have been interesting to see examples of the homes of people at the lower end of the social scale, such as farm workers and poor urban dwellers, although these would be much harder to find. The houses used are mainly aristocratic and middle class homes, although the series does touch on the workhouse and its principle of less eligibility in the last episode. This is an excellent three part series and would be complemented by further work on this period and topic.
I promised myself I would get the DVD if ever released and so I did. It is just sheer magic, the costumes, details and the actors themselves bring the whole era back to life. The presenter talks with real passion on this subject of the home and just pulls you into the magic of it all. Really do advise to make this your next purchase.