|Starring:||Michael Hordern, Rufus Sewell, Clive Russell, Patrick Malahide, Jonathan Firth, Julian Wadham, Robert Hardy, John Savident, Juliet Aubrey, Peter Jeffrey, Colum Co, Douglas Hodge, Michael Hordern|
|Studio:||BBC WORLDWIDE PUBLISHING|
Middlemarch - Disc 1
|TBC Disc 1|
Middlemarch - Disc 2
|TBC Disc 2|
|Run time:||6 hours 15 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Aug 2001|
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Kept me up till 2amBy LD from Herts , 05 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Hadn't realised this DVD was made up of several episodes, but I just couldn't press the stop button, once the plot got rolling.
I was surprised when I checked that this film was made only 2 years before Pride and Prejudice, because it looks much older than that. In fact I thought it had been made in the early 80's, due to the lack of vibrancy in the cimematography in comparison. It's maybe deliberate, as the subject matter is quite depressing in this half of the series.
Like Austen's character the story is centred around a strong female character of little means, living in a male dominated world of class, and the power and influence that this has on her, and those not within the different social groups and hierachy. She marries a man who she believes has the same high values pertaining to those less forunate, and needing help.
She lives in a town that is trying to increase it's status, by building a hospital. Different characters are introduced, including that of the doctor who has arrived to run the hospital and his interactions with those inside and outside the powerbase of the town.
The acting is very good, and you have a good understanding of the different characters to take you into the second half, which I am looking forward to.
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one more for the bbcBy susanannmary (97 reviews) , 23 May 2013One more for the BBC collection,it wood be good if they put them in a book like collection. I wood buy them for my collection. thank you susanannmary
Sexual repression, snobbery and strife...British drama at its bestBy a customer , 08 Apr 2012Really enjoyed this adaptation of Middlemarch. I am slightly biased as it is one of my favourite books and I re-read it about once every 4-5 years, so I enjoyed watching it come to life in this series. I love the characters and recognise many personality types that one can still find out and about in the world today. Who doesn't know an idealistic young professional who thinks he/she will change the world with new ideas and practices and that all older members of that profession know nothing. The young couple living beyond their means and falling into debt before they have learned the ways of thrift. The snobby, gossipy, cutting relative we all hate to entertain but have to. The devoted doting young mum who has become a baby bore. What about the po-faced fundamentalist Christian who we all recognise as being much more cruel in outlook and attitude than any atheist. The look of daily life may be different in period tales but basic human nature, the analysis of which is what makes this genre so fascinating, never changes.
Good Period DramaBy a customer , 11 Mar 2012I've now seen both discs that contain the complete series of Middlemarch. It was a real treat as I am into period drama and managed to watch all six episodes in one evening.
Disc 1 builds up George Eliot's story so it is rather slow at times, but disc 2 clearly makes up for lost time and the storyline produces more twists and turns than 'Spaghetti Junction' ... indeed, at times I was comparing Eliot to the Brontes.
I thought Juliet Aubery as Dorothea and Robert Hardy as Arthur Brook stole the limelight, but I also think that Trevyn McDowell did very well as Rosamund and her talents should not go unrecognised.
Would I recommend it? ... for the period drama buff, certainly!
Totally Absorbing & Entertaining Romantic TreatBy a customer , 22 Feb 2012I had read the book years ago and didn't feel like watching this but from the first ten minutes I and my partner were captivated. The story is so real and human, the characters so lifelike, the story so absorbing and all so beautifully told that it became a joy and it's length a big plus.
Beautifully filmed, a very lovely and moving score, delicious portrayals by all the actors, including Robert Hardy's delightful comic turn, Middlemarch lived in our minds and we liked living there and dreaded having to leave as the final titles rolled.
This is something to watch when one wants a treat, an oasis to slip away to and be charmed and forget the world outside one's window. Romance, drama and a strong feeling of connecting with lives lived and passions long spent in another world, the late victorian and yet still so relevant.
10 out of 10By petethepainter (16 reviews) from HATFIELD HERTS , 04 Sep 2011What a triumph ten out of ten..i sat up all night and watched as the story unfolded with plots and sub plots a plenty.
The acting is first rate all round with Robert Hardy doing what he does best..playing nice bumbling fools and Rufus Sewell acting his pants off and giving his best ever performance since Carrington along side Emma Thompson.
What can i say about Juliet Aubrey!! a beautiful performance from an actress that deserves more chances like this..the writing and filming is ist class.
A triumph. This is British filming at its very best.