Masterpiece Classic: Any Human Heart
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Complete DVD specs:
Disc#1 - Episode 1 (RT: 1:17), and Episode (RT: 1:06)
Disc#2 - Episode 3 (RT: 1:10), and Episode 4 (RT: 1:07)
Bonus Content (approximately 48 minutes) includes)
(Interviews with actors, producers, directors, writer - all subtitled)
- In Oxford with Sam Clafin
- Matthew MacFayden on location in Spain
- Interview with Jim Broadbent
- Kim Cattral on "Gloria"
- Gillian Anderson and Tom Hollander on playing the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
- Hayley Atwell on "Freya"
- On the Set of "Any Human Heart"
- From Paper to Screen - William Boyd Discusses "Any Human Heart"
- Deleted Scenes (about 7 minutes of 11 clips - not subtitled)
This DVD is the original and unedited UK version
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William Boyd, who wrote the novel and the screenplay for this spectacular PBS production, asks and answers this question: How did a boy adrift on a placid river in Uruguay become a grizzled old man sorting through piles of boxes and books in an old country house in France? It's a fascinating ride!
Sit back and enjoy the clever dialogue, the sets and the photography, the fine performances of Jim Broadbent and Matthew Macfadyen as Mountstuart.
Try to keep up with the wives and lovers. The casting is superb. Don't overlook the first wife, Lady Lottie Cassell, who gives Logan his love of the aristocratic life and a son. Hayley Atwell plays Freya, the much loved and beautiful second wife. Kim Cattrall (the sexy vamp from Sex and the City) plays Gloria, a redhaired lover and the third wife of Logan's Oxford buddy. And even after World War II, when Logan leaves a destitute life in London of eating cans of dog food and beans and moves to France, he charms a young neighborhood beauty who has a glorified memory of her father during the war. (The scenes of an older Mountstuart in military camoflage watching over her father's memorial plaque are hilarious.)
Enjoy the real-life 20th century figures who flit in and out of Logan's life. It does not go without saying...Read more ›
What I like about the story is the idea that any person has a story to tell, loves that were lost, dreams that were extinguished. I suppose that is why the book starts with a quote from Henry James "Never say you know the last word about any human heart."
The film is beautifully done and I'm impressed with the work that was put into the sets and clothes of the different time periods. It was also enjoyable to see Mountstuart's encounters with real people like Ernest Hemingway and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (exceptional performance by Gillian Anderson). Matthew MacFadyen did an excellent job. His part was the most difficult stage of Mountstuart's life. The film also has a surreal quality to it, especially when it shows Mountstuart's recurring dream of being a child on a boat and being watched by his different selves at different ages. It was captivating and I watched the whole film through.
I also want to bring everyone's attention to the utterly glorious soundtrack for this series by the British composer Dan Jones ([...]). This production could have been destroyed by lesser music, but Dan's composition easily transports the viewer/listener into the sublime dimension intended by the writer and director. The whole series is seen through the eyes of Logan Mountstewart as he is approaching the imminent end of his long life, and the musical background captures that poignancy perfectly. I certainly hope PBS makes this soundtrack available on CD.
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After the first episode, I was sorry I bought it. I like Masterpiece movies but haven't figured out what the producers were thinking when they took on this one. I found it boring. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Brenda Ritter
I found "Any Human Heart" good, not great. One of the missing pieces for me was what Logan saw in Freya, beyond her physical beauty. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathleen E. McSweeney
Poignant story of one man's journey through the 20th Century. Loved it.Published 2 months ago by John E.