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The Fortunes & Misfortunes of Moll Flanders
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MOLL'S SHOCKING REPUTATION SOON MAKES HER THE COUNTRY'S MOSTWANTED CRIMINAL. ONLY HER UNCANNY TALENT FOR DISGUISE KEEPS HER ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE HANGMAN. INEVITABLY, WHEN HER LUCK RUNS OUT, MOLL FACES THE GALLOWS & SHE DEVISES ONE LAST DESPERATEPLOY TO SAVE NOT ONLY HER NECK, BUT ALSO HER TRUE LOVE'S.
This energetic, sardonic, and richly funny adaptation of Daniel Defoe's classic novel is completely unlike what you might expect from genteel Masterpiece Theatre. The heroine, Moll Flanders (Alex Kingston), after being born in prison, wends her way through the top and bottom of 18th-century English society, has five husbands (including a roguish highwayman who becomes the love of her life), many lovers (male and female), travels to America and back again, and in general discovers all that is cruel and sweet in life. Kingston tears into her role with gleeful amorality and delicious charm, often turning to the camera with a seductive smile to ask, "What would you do?" This British miniseries is brilliantly written, skillfully directed, and superbly acted all around (with particularly delightful performances by Diana Rigg and Daniel Craig)--in short, among the best of its kind; both a cunning examination of social morés and a hugely entertaining story. Not to be missed. --Bret Fetzer
- DVD-ROM: The complete novel The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
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The story follows the ups and downs of a woman who does anything and everything she can to survive and occasionally thrive. Moll is a thief, a wife, a servant, a whore, a mother, an abandoner of children, etc. She is sometimes "good" and often "bad" but you are always invested in her survival, even at the times that you don't like her very much. In a weird way, she reminds me of Scarlet O'Hara from Gone with the Wind, but with a lot more downtrodden moments. There are quite a few mature themes throughout the series, so some people may wish to supervise if they have any children that are interested in watching this miniseries.
Alex Kingston's acting is amazing and really draws you into the character and it's a fun surprise to realize that a young Daniel Craig plays one of the pivotal characters.
During a time period when women had no rights, Moll Flanders fends for herself through constant reversals in fortune and luck. The director's finesse and Alex Kingston's audacious acting make this incredibly delightful! Sex abounds in this story! Alex Kingston (as Moll) as a giddy, naïve, and sexually overcharged servant girl is riotous in her first encounters with sex and puppy love. As she experiences a few hard knocks, we see her shift to a more cunning and calculating figure enchanted with her own personal power. More reversals in fortune lead her back to her true and happy self. She then learns a terrible secret which sends her round the wheel of fortune again. Back at the bottom, she must shift for herself again but, this time, it is in a darker, more painful way. And so the story continues with more twists and turns. Moll Flanders is an ever changing mood ring and Alex Kingston's acting is stunning. Such complexity, wit, humor, warmth, despair with always a glimmer of hope that fortune will shine upon Moll again!
Just a brilliant adaptation! And SOOOOO FUN!
(p.s. the original TV version had some addition scenes I do miss)
enjoyable, very well acted by Alex Kingston, but not much more.
But with parts three and four there comes increasing
emotional depth with the bawdy humor and social commentary.
Some of the production values are less than amazing, but I was
ever more caught up, and ended up really enjoying it.
Sort of a poor man's `Barry Lyndon'.
That said, the fact that this version seems to be missing some 20
minutes from the original cut, and has a different score is
disturbing. I wish that version was more readily
available for comparison. (There's an expensive, out of print
Anchor Bay version, but that apparently - while more complete
has some small, different cuts. Sigh...