The Judi Dench Collection (The Cherry Orchard [1962 and 1981 versions]/Talking to a Stranger/Keep an Eye on Amélie/Going Gently/Ghosts/Make and Break/Can You Hear Me Thinking?/Absolute Hell)
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9 Classic BBC Productions totaling over 19 hours The Cherry Orchard (1962) Talking to a Stranger (1966) Keep an Eye on Amelie (1973) The Cherry Orchard (1981) Going Gently (1981) Ghosts (1987) Make and Break (1987) Can You Hear Me Thinking? (1990) Absolute Hell (1991)]]>
To call The Judi Dench Collection a treasure trove is indubitably cliché, but that's so much classier than "Dench-a-Palooza." Essential for fans of the great Dame, theatre buffs, and drama students, this eight-disc set is an embarrassment of riches, with nine BBC productions of classic and original plays, plus three radio plays and excerpts from televised interviews, one of which features her moving rendition of "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music, for which she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical (is there nothing she can't do?). They etch an indelible portrait of an artist with a compelling presence and staggering range. Judi Dench is one of those actors who rarely seem to make a false move, handling wrenching drama, madcap farce, and witty comedy with equal aplomb. John Hopkins' Talking to a Stranger (1966) is a British television benchmark that is mentioned in the same breath as Dennis Potter's masterpieces. Dench won her first BAFTA (the British equivalent of the Oscar) for her role as a damaged sibling in a dysfunctional family. Dench stars as Anya in Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, a 1962 production translated by, and starring, John Gielgud and, as Madame Ranesvky, Peggy Ashcroft. Ashcroft is a hard act to follow, but Dench pulls it off in a 1981 production in which she assumes the role of the irresponsible aristocrat.
Georges Feydeau's Keep an Eye on Amelie (1973) is a carefree hour in which Dench stars as a coquette who agrees to marry a confirmed bachelor (Patrick Cargill) so he can inherit a million francs. This production is paired on disc 4 with writer Michael Frayn's (Noises Off!) award-winning comedy Make and Break, which unfolds at a trade fair in Frankfort and stars Dench as a devoted secretary to a work-consumed boss. Two powerful dramas comprise disc 8, Going Gently, for which Dench earned another BAFTA as a hospice nurse to two adversarial patients, and Can You Hear Me Thinking?(1990), starring Dench and her late husband Michael Williams (A Fine Romance) as parents whose lives are shattered when their teenage son develops schizophrenia. Ibsen's still potent Ghosts (1981) boasts a stellar ensemble, including Kenneth Branagh as doomed son Oswald and Michael Gambon as Pastor Manders, with Dench as Mrs. Alving, whose respected late husband led a dark, secret life. Anything but, Absolute Hell (1991) is a lost-souls black comedy starring Dench as Christine, the proprietor of a bohemian nightclub in post-World War II London. The cast includes her future Notes on a Scandal costar, Bill Nighy, as a washed-up writer. Stardom in the States came late to Dench. This collection allows her audience to catch-up with these mostly towering performances that established her as one of the premier actors of our time. --Donald Liebenson
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What a great way to enjoy an evening...watching films that are
wonderfully created and directed with the great advantage of marvelous
actors. The Judi Dench Collection, The Last of the Blond Bombshells,
and The King's Speech has made my month!!!! I must admit that I am a
delighted Judi Dench film viewer. Her work in London Theater with terrific
directors and co-stars, I have truly enjoyed, though I have never had the
opportunity to attend a London etc. theater performance. I rely on the film.
The latest I have watched is one I have ordered from Amazon, Henry V and
MacBeth. When others are available, I will order. Meanwhile I do hope you
will have many of Judi Dench's films, such as her films in the 007 classics
P.S. I already have: Tea With Mussolini, Ladies in Lavender,Mrs. Brown,Nine,
Notes on a Scandal,Shipping News,Mrs.Henderson Presents....Thank you! B.E.
My reason for purchasing this collection, though, is my admiration for Michael Bryant. I have long considered him the best actor in the world. He is now deceased, alas. I wanted to see again the programs that introduced me to him, Talking to a Stranger. I wish there could be a Michael Bryant collection like this.
Her take on the Madame Ranevsky role, in the 1981 version of "The Cherry Orchard", is entirely hers and absolutely perfect for this viewer. Some of her later work in this collection includes: "Absolute Hell" and "Can You Hear Me Thinking". You will also find, among the bonus features several radio plays, and three interviews with Dame Judi that give us all a closer glimpse and appreciation of the intelligence, and honesty behind the talent.
For Dench fans, this is a must!
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She is such a versatile actress and one of the best.