The Forsyte Saga 1967

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This celebrated BBC adaptation of John Galsworthy's remarkable work, chronicling nearly fifty turbulent years of a wealthy English family was first transmitted on BBC television to great acclaim, and is now captured forever on BBC DVD.

Starring:
Nyree Dawn Porter, Lana Morris
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DVD

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Discs
  • Forsyte Saga, The - Disc 1 ages_12_and_over
  • Forsyte Saga, The - Disc 2 ages_12_and_over
  • Forsyte Saga, The - Disc 3 ages_12_and_over
  • Forsyte Saga, The - Disc 4 ages_12_and_over
  • Forsyte Saga, The - Disc 5 ages_12_and_over
  • Forsyte Saga, The - Disc 6 ages_12_and_over
  • Forsyte Saga, The - Disc 7 ages_12_and_over
Runtime 50 minutes
Starring Nyree Dawn Porter, Lana Morris, Kenneth More, Fay Compton, John Welsh, Eric Porter, Susan Hampshire, Margaret Tyzack, Joseph O'Conor
Director David Giles, James Cellan Jones
Studio BBC
Rental release 23 August 2004
Main languages English

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176 of 180 people found the following review helpful By John Austin HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov 2005
Format: DVD
Now available on 7 DVDs, comprising all 26 episodes plus several hours of additional features, this most celebrated and splendid of BBC TV serials was the brainchild of adapter and producer Donald Wilson. Its world-wide success is known to all, but some might not be aware of the following: -
Donald Wilson was denied funds to produce it for ten years. Had there been a delay of a further year the series would have been filmed in colour, as he wished, rather than black and white.
The first of the John Galsworthy novels on which the series is based contains almost no dialogue. BBC script writers supplied the dialogue that helped make the ten siblings in the eldest Forsyte generation so memorable.
Galsworthy intended the Forsytes to represent the rapaciousness, greed and snobbery of the English upper middle class. In this adaptation they are much more endearing.
Being filmed in black and white made it possible to interpolate archival film of Queen Victoria’s funeral procession and of combat scenes from WW1.
Joseph O’Conor who plays the part of Old Jolyon was two years younger than Kenneth More who plays his son.
Eric Porter and Margaret Tyzack, who play Soames Forsyte and his sister Winifred, are in each episode and are required to age almost 50 years.
Although never credited, the music that opens and closes each episode is the first movement, “Halcyon Days”, from the suite “The Three Elizabeths” written in the early 1940s by Eric Coates.
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114 of 117 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2000
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I saw this many years ago on television and it is as facinating now as it was then. I even forgot that I was watching it in black and white!
If you are a reader of good books you will know that screen versions are usually disappointing. Of course, there is not all the detail but having read the books the timing and content of this presentation is accurate enough to draw you through the epic saga without the usual irritations of "screen licence". It is one of the very few book-to-screen productions I would highly recommend - the others are also BBC Drama Productions.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By B. Bruno on 22 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
I was sent to bed when the serie was shown in France in 1967, 10 years old at the time, but I amazingly remembered Kenneth More, Eric Porter and Nyree Dawn Porter faces. My mother was absolutly taken by the show and had no time for a kid.
Just last year, in Oslo, I walked into a news stand and found a very cheap print of the book. I bought it...........and let it rest until this summer on my coffee table. I finally took it while on a 10 days hike in the austrian alps and couldn't let go of the book. Primarly because I realized the Forsyte, although english, were just like my family !! Very chilling, but yet, there are heaps of french Forsytes, have a read at Emile Zoal or Balzac !!
I suddenly had to have the DVD. I finally went for the 1967 one and I'll never be sorry I did.
Black and white was in hinsight, a brilliant idea. Had it been in coulour, the make up would have been terrible. Don't forget most of the actors were in the 30's and had to be aged almost 50 years. Black and white allowed that.
I was amazed by the way it was filmed. One could believe it was very static, quite the contrary. The cameras never stop moving; think there were no portable cameras or steadycam then, but only very big " on stand video cameras.
The acting is just brillant but I'm sorry to say Nyree Dawn Porter'snperformance didn't really cut the mustard as far as I am concerned, still a very beautifull dame. All the other cast members are of the kind you would rarely or never find in France and elsewhere. I always had a soft spot for Kenneth More as a kid ans Eric Porter made me feel for poor Soames. Once you start watching you'll find it very hard to stop.........and we're talking 20 hours viewing. It's a bit like deciding to stop smoking........it's always the last one !!
You want to see some great english television, then buy the DVD. .................You'll thank me for it :)))
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I have been given volumes 1 and 2 of this saga. Having seen the original episodes when first shown on television, I was prepared to be disappointed (memory can view things through rose-coloured spectacles). Not so! I have been enthralled by these episodes, not being able to wait to see the next one on the video. The acting is superb - Kenneth More, Nyree Dawn Porter, Eric Portman, to mention a few. The fact that the series is in black and white does not detract from it at all. I can't wait to purchase the next volumes, which I will do as soon as I can afford them. I thoroughly recommend this to any one who has an interest in life as it was in the rarefied atmosphere of those days of the affluent middle class, and what goes on behind the facade.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Neil Brough on 4 Jun 2009
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This first televised version of the Forsyte Saga is a masterpiece. The writing, casting and acting are flawless. When you have watched the last disc, the first feeling that you have is regret that there is not another.
The later, colour, versions have some merit but do not bear comparison with this for even a moment.
First class work by all concerned. Buy it at once if you do not already own it. Thought is not called for - you simply cannot go wrong.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Torr on 9 May 2010
Format: DVD
It was like welcoming back a long lost friend or should I say friends. It some ways it seemed like it was only a few weeks ago that I was watching this wonderful story; full of complex characters and intertwining plots. There is a saying "they don't make things like this any more!", and it is true, to assemble such a brilliant cast to complement the story, would practically be impossible now. It reminds us of the golden days of drama, and towers above any of the serials and drama that we now see on television.
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