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Up In Town [DVD] [2002]


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  • Actors: Joanna Lumley
  • Directors: Hugo Blick
  • Writers: Hugo Blick
  • Producers: Hugo Blick, Henry Normal, Steve Coogan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PBTH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,715 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Madison Blakelock is delighted to be living her ‘new life’, since her executive class husband - who works ‘up in town’ - and she parted company 18 years before. And now she has nothing more to do but sit before her mirror, picking over the bones of her past with an optimism and energy dizzyingly at odds with her reality. As the unrecognised failures of her life mount up - the loss of love, friends, money, purpose and her beloved cat - the cracks in her terrifyingly maintained façade begin to show.

Running time: 60 minutes approx.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dan G. Hall on 22 Oct 2003
Format: DVD
Don't be put off by the short running time. It is more than doubled by an excellent commentary. Bedsides, the writing is so tight you'll watch it many times anyway.
Lumley is stunning in this series of moving and carefully acted monologues. Darkly funny, but also empowering.
Possibly not everyone's cup of tea, but for fans of non-standard comedies (THE OFFICE, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, etc) it's well worth a look.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Max Bialystock Jr. on 9 Aug 2007
Format: DVD
I was so fascinated and entranced by Joanna Lumley's performance and Hugo Blick's text that I ended up thinking how wonderful could be a stage adaptation of this series of monologues. This is a touching masterpiece of sad comedy and the compelling proof that making incredible, accessible and deeply intelligent television comedy doesn't need to be expensive. Up In Town breaks an unexpected barrier between sitcom and serious theatre. Lumley is a goddess, Blick is a poet and Steve Coogan and Henry Normal, as producers, keep doing their subtle revolution in comedy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By U.K. on 6 Sep 2007
Format: DVD
While it is funny, you can't really say this is comedy. The woman Joanna Lumley is portraying is actually rather tragic and sad. She lost so much but tries to cope with it all by pretending nothing's wrong, soldiering on without thinking too much about anything.
We can all see she's no longer who she once was, the rich and popular wife of bussinesman Tony. But she tries to explain her life to us through her eyes. So we see this sad and lonely person doing her make-up, explaining how she sees herself and the world around her, and in the end, the illussion (like her make-up) is almost perfect, both to us and to her. And she can go out to face the world again.
But though it isn't really comedy, seeing how she tries to justify the life she lives is tragically funny and very, very original! And Joanna Lumley does it al so seemingly effortless and natural.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jz on 26 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
This is not comedy in the Ab Fab sense; there are some laughs on the way but it's much deeper than that - in the same way that M*A*S*H was never "just a sitcom". It's fascinating how one's judgement of Joanna Lumley's character changes as the story unfolds... briliantly shot and the DVD commentary is interesting too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. O'donoghue on 11 Oct 2007
Format: DVD
This is a beautifully crafted, funny and poignant piece of acting. Joanna Lumley is one of the most under-rated of the UK's acting fraternity. She brings such natural and subtle charm to the role. I have watched it again and again and enjoyed peeling back the delicate layers of her character. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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