The Golden Bowl (1972) (3pc) [VHS]
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This classic BBC adaptation takes viewers into the great dwellings of turn-of-the-century England and the lives of Henry James' richly drawn characters. Cyril Cusack (My Left Foot) performs the role of narrator to droll perfection. Also starring Daniel Massey (In the Name of the Father), Gayle Hunnicutt (A Woman of Substance), and Jill Townsend (Poldark).
The two couples are peculiarly interchangeable. In many respects, wealthy American widower and art collector Adam Verver and his daughter, Maggie, prefer each other's company to that of London society or even their spouses. Maggie marries Amerigo, a penniless Italian prince, and her father marries her childhood friend, Charlotte Stant. Neither Maggie nor her father is aware that Amerigo and Charlotte were once lovers and have rekindled their affair. Once they begin to suspect this, Maggie and Adam choose not to confront the matter. The reappearance of a gilded crystal bowl from a Bloomsbury antique shop brings a final resolution to the characters' unarticulated anguish. --Tara Chace
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By contrast, the recent Merchant Ivory film is revealed as banal, vulgar, and dumbed down. The BBC's Charlotte is a great heroine. Uma Thurman's is a boring, neurotic wretch. She makes you wonder what all the fuss is about.
For a look at how people used to be, you need to see this 6-part TV series -- but only if you have an open mind capable of absorbing fine points, body language, subtle comments, and facial expressions. If you like modern action movies, this is not for you.