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"PERSUASION" (1971) Review

This adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1818 novel turned out to be the first of the old Jane Austen ti vi adaptations that the BBC aired during the 1970s and 80s. Produced and directed bởi Howard Baker, and adapted bởi Julian Mitchell; this two-part miniseries starred Ann Firbanks and Bryan Marshall.

As many những người hâm mộ of Austen’s novel would know, "PERSUASION" told the story of Anne Elliot, the middle daughter of a vain and spendthrift baronet, who finds herself reunited with her former finance, a Naval officer of lesser birth named Frederick Wentworth. Eight years before...
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"LOUISIANA" (1984) Review

Thirty-four years ago, HBO had aired a three-part miniseries about the life and travails of a nineteenth century Southern belle named Virginia Tregan. The miniseries was called "LOUISIANA" and it starred Margot Kidder and Ian Charleson.

Directed bởi the late Philippe de Broca, "LOUISIANA" was based upon the "Fausse-Riviere" Trilogy, written bởi Maurice Denuzière, one of the screenwriters. It told the story of Virginia's ruthless devotion to her first husband's Louisiana cotton plantation called Bagatelle . . . and her tình yêu for the plantation's overseer, an Englishman...
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"THE THREE MUSKETEERS" (1948) Review

There are times when I find myself amazed at the longevity of Alexandre Dumas' 1844 novel, "The Three Musketeers". The novel has been in circulation for nearly 170 years. Hollywood and other film industries have been adapting the novel for the phim chiếu rạp hoặc ti vi for nearly a century. One adaptation I recently viewed was the Hollywood movie produced and released bởi MGM Studios in 1948.

We all know the story. A young Frenchman from Gascon sets out for Paris in the early 17th century to tham gia the King's Musketeers. During this journey, he meets a beautiful,...
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"THE JOURNEY OF AUGUST KING" (1995) Review

When the 1995 adaptation of John Ehle's 1971 novel, "The Journey of August King" hit the theaters, it barely made a flicker in the consciousness of moviegoers. In a way, I could see why.

"THE JOURNEY OF AUGUST KING" begins with widowed farmer August King traveling through the hills of western North Carolina in the spring of 1815, after selling his produce, making a final payment on his land, and purchasing goods at the local markets. During his journey, he learns about a hunt for an escaped slave. August eventually comes across the slave - a 17 year-old...
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"THE PRISONER OF ZENDA" (1937) Review

I realize that many film critics and những người hâm mộ would agree with my suspicion that the 1930s saw a great deal of action films released to theaters. In fact, I believe there were as high number of actions films released back then as they are now. Among the type of action films that flourished during that era were swashbucklers.

One of the most famous Hollywood swashbucklers released during the 1930s was "THE PRISONER OF ZENDA", producer David O. Selznick's 1937 adaptation of Anthony Hope's 1894 novel. This tale of middle European political intrigue and identity...
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Below is my review of the 2004 BBC miniseries, "NORTH AND SOUTH", which is an adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's 1855 novel:


"NORTH AND SOUTH" (2004) Review

If someone had told me years cách đây that I would find myself watching the 2004 BBC ti vi adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1855 novel, let alone purchase a DVD copy of the miniseries, I would have dismissed that person’s notion as inconceivable. I have never shown any trước đó interest in ”NORTH AND SOUTH”. And I am still baffled at how I suddenly became interested in it.

Mind you, I have been aware of the 2004 miniseries for the...
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"BLANCHE FURY" (1948) Review

I suspect that many những người hâm mộ of costume dramas would be fascinated to know about the series of period dramas released bởi the British film industry during the post-World War II era. A good number of those films were released bởi a British film studio known as Gainsborough Pictures. But not all of them were released through this particular studio. Some were released through other studios hoặc production companies . . . like the 1948 period drama, "BLANCHE FURY".

Based upon the 1939 novel written bởi Marjorie Bowen (under the pseudonym of Joseph Stearling), "BLANCHE FURY" told...
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"POLDARK" SERIES ONE (2015): EPISODES ONE TO FOUR

In the years between 2010 and 2015, I have not been able to stumble across a new British period drama that really impressed me. Five years. That is a hell of a long time for a nation with a sterling reputation for period dramas in both phim chiếu rạp and television. Fortunately, the five-year dry spell finally came to an end (at least for me) with the arrival of "POLDARK", the BBC's new adaptation of Winston Graham's literary series.

I am certain that some people would point out that during this five-year period, the ITV network aired Julian Fellowes'...
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"GEORGE WASHINGTON" (1984) Review

Twenty-four years before the award-winning HBO miniseries "JOHN ADAMS" aired, the CBS network aired a miniseries about the first U.S. President, George Washington. Simply titled "GEORGE WASHINGTON", this three-part miniseries was based upon two biographies written bởi James Thomas Flexner - 1965's "George Washington, the Forge of Experience, 1732–1775" and 1968's "George Washington in the American Revolution, 1775–1783".

"GEORGE WASHINGTON" spanned at least forty years in the life of the first president - from 1743, when his father Augustine Washington died...
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"ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO" (1953) Review

Years ago, I used to watch a great deal of old phim chiếu rạp on late night television. My two yêu thích channels that offered these phim chiếu rạp were Turner Network ti vi (TNT) and the American phim chiếu rạp Classic (AMC), which used to air phim chiếu rạp without any commercial breaks. On TNT, I had stumbled across a Western movie originally released bởi MGM Studios in 1953 called "ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO" (1953) and fell in tình yêu with it. After watching my recently purchased DVD copy of the movie, I could see why it became a yêu thích of mine.

Directed bởi John Sturges during the...
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Hi guys, this film is actually based on a real life story about Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary. Are bạn ready for film review moment?

The Historical Story

Okay, I knew this movie from my trip to Vienna, Austria and it has been coming to 10 years already. I saw this name through my tour booklet and although I did not visit it, it fascinates me about the history of the Hapsburg that rule the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary.
Back to the story, it's about Crown Prince Rudolf, the only son of Emperor Francis Joseph (or Kaiser Franz Joseph in German). Unfortunately, the latter's conservative...
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"FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD" (2015) Review

I have never seen "FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD", the 2015 adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 1874 novel, in the theaters. And yet . . . my knowledge of this film led me to view two trước đó adaptations. And finally, I found the chance to view this adaptation, directed bởi Thomas Vinterberg.

"FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD" told the story of a young 19th century rural English woman named Bathsheba Everdeene and the three men in her life - a con cừu, cừu farmer-turned-shepherd named Gabriel Oak; her neighbor and owner of the neighborhood's largest farm, William Boldwood;...
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"KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES" (1953) Review

Twentieth-Century cáo, fox was never a studio that I would associate with phim chiếu rạp about the British Empire. Mind you, the studio had released several during the period between its formation in 1935 and the 1953 release of "KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES". Yet . . . it never seemed to produce many productions on European imperialism in compare to studios like Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Just recently, I watched "KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES" and discovered that it was a remake of John Ford's 1929 adventure film, "THE BLACK WATCH". And...
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"POLDARK" SERIES ONE (2015): EPISODES FIVE TO EIGHT

Within the past year, I had developed a major interest in tác giả Winston Graham's 1945-2002 "POLDARK" literary saga and the two ti vi adaptations of it. Series One of the một giây adaptation produced bởi Debbie Horsfield, premiered on the BBC (in Great Britain) and PBS (in the United States) last year. Consisting of eight episodes, Series One of "POLDARK" was an adaptation of 1945's "Ross Poldark - A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787" and "Demelza - A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790".
Whereas Episodes One to Four adapted the 1945 novel, Episodes...
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"LOST IN AUSTEN" (2008) Review

I must admit that I am usually not a người hâm mộ of novels hoặc any other forms of storytelling that are based upon hoặc continuations of published works of the origin author. This is certainly the case for the numerous works (sans two) based upon Jane Austen's six published novels.

The 2008 miniseries, "LOST IN AUSTEN" is not based upon any particular Austen novel that was not written bởi the Georgian Era writer. Instead, it is the brainchild of screenwriter Guy Andrews. The latter created this fantasy-comedy, which is an adaptation of Austen's novel, "Pride and Prejudice"...
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"THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO" (1934) Review

I have seen only two versions of Alexandre Dumas père's 1845 novel, "The Count of Monte Cristo" in my past - the 1975 ti vi version with Richard Chamberlain and the 2002 Disney film with James Cavielzel. While đọc a good number of các bài viết about the movie versions of the novel, I came across numerous praises for the 1934 adaptation that starred Robert Donat. And since I happened to like Dumas' story so much, I decided to see how much I would like this older version.

Set between the last months of the Napoleonic Wars and the 1830s, "THE COUNT...
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"THE MISSISSIPPI GAMBLER" (1953) Review

Tyrone Power's career took a strange turn during the post-World War II years. Although he still managed to maintain his position as one of Twentieth Century Fox's hàng đầu, đầu trang stars during the remainder of the 1940s, something happened as the 1950s dawned. Powers still found himself in Grade A phim chiếu rạp during that particular decade. But he also seemed to appear in a growing number of standard costume melodramas.

Twentieth Century cáo, fox lent Powers to Universal Pictures to ngôi sao in the 1953 drama called "THE MISSISSIPPI GAMBLER". Directed bởi Rudolph Maté, "THE MISSISSIPPI...
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"CALIFORNIA" (1947) Review

I am a history nut. And one of my yêu thích historical periods that I tình yêu to study is the Antebellum Era of the United States. One of my yêu thích topics from this period is the California vàng Rush. I also tình yêu movies. But despite this love, I have been constantly disappointed bởi Hollywood's inability to create a first-rate movie about vàng Rush.

I may have to take back my bình luận about Hollywood's inability to produce a first-rate movie hoặc ti vi production about the vàng Rush. There were at least three that managed to impress me. Unfortunately, the latest film...
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"POLDARK" SERIES ONE (1975): EPISODES FIVE TO EIGHT

Last winter, I began watching the BBC's 1975-77 adaptation of Winston Graham's literary series about the life of a British Army officer and American Revolutionary War veteran, following his return to his trang chủ in Cornwall. The first four episodes proved to be adaptation of the first novel in Graham's series, 1945's "Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787". Episodes Five to Eight focused on the series' một giây novel, 1946's "Demelza: A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790".

Episode Four ended with Ross Poldark, a Cornish landowner and mine owner,...
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RELEASE OF OLD BBC PRODUCTIONS

Since the release of the 1975 miniseries "NORTH AND SOUTH" in 2013, I have found myself wondering about other BBC productions from the 1960s and 1970s.

I recently discovered that the 1996 miniseries, "THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL" was the một giây adaptation of Anne Brontë's novel. The first was a 1968 miniseries that starred Janet Munro, Bryan Marshall and Corin Redgrave. I also discovered that the 1999 miniseries, "WIVES AND DAUGHTERS", was not the first adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel. The BBC aired an earlier adaptation in 1971 that starred Zhivila Roche.

Does anyone know how to contact the BBC? I would like them to consider releasing these two productions in the near future.