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5.0 out of 5 stars Muhtesem Yuzyil series on Turkish TV, 9 Dec. 2014
The first 12 episodes were subtitled in English. But I was so engrossed in the series that I am watching the rest of the episodes in Turkish ( and I don't even understand the language!!)
The series are well crafted ,and though based on historical fact , it has plots and sub plots that weave murder, mayhem, jealousy and malice to new heights. Suleiman the magnificent had some serious problems in his harem. There is the Valide who tries to manage a host of women battling for the Sultan's favour ( while trying to rid themselves of competition by various means be it poison, murder, blackmail..., the list is endless. ) there is Mahidevran Sultan,the mother of the crown prince who fights for her rights and those of her son. Quite vindictive too. Hurram Sultan the slave who through her sheer bravado & grit becomes the favourite, bears Sulieman 5 children and manipulates him into marriage! You cannot help but applaud her.
Ibrahim Pasha really needs anger management guidance. He hates Hurrem,loathes anyone who gains Suliemans favour, keeps choking and battering servants and in general gets more and more unstable and power hungry as the series continue.
Hatice Sultan ( Ibrahim pashas wife & Sulieman's sister ) weeps copiously and spends her time bewailing her fate, her love and pretty much everything in the first series. Then she gets married and smiles a little but gets plenty of opportunity to weep.
The plots are more convoluted in the 2nd series but each episode leaves you waiting for the next to begin. The balance for power within the Harem is played out between the women and the attendants
I wish they all were subtitled in English.
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And Then She Fell: Number 4 in series (The Cynster Sisters Duo Book 1)
And Then She Fell: Number 4 in series (The Cynster Sisters Duo Book 1)
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2.0 out of 5 stars And Then She Fell: Number 4 in series (Cynster Sisters), 2 Jun. 2013
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Boring is being polite....I kept searching for the scintillating story line and sharp dialogue so Stephanie Laurens but I waded on and on and nothing.......
Repeat story line, one dimensional cast and characters from previous books making cameo appearances leaving one baffled as to their reason for being there in the first place.
No ! No !Ms Laurens do not do this to your faithful readers!!!
And Then She Fell: Number 4 in series (Cynster Sisters)

His Mistress by Christmas
His Mistress by Christmas
by Victoria Alexander
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars His mistress by Christmas, 14 April 2013
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Most definitely not Victoria Alexander's best or even second best. The plot dragged on and there just too many characters involved with sub plots that were left hanging in the air and people that floated around with no end in sight....
Disappointing as I have all her books!

The Chess Players [DVD]
The Chess Players [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sanjeev Kumar
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Chessplayers ( of Oudh), 5 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: The Chess Players [DVD] (DVD)
I think that this is one of the best films about Oudh and the British during the Raj.
As a Lucknowi I can assure you that the way of life depicted in this film is authentic. The slow pace and studied nonchalance of the two players is exactly - Nawabi Lucknow.
Rich beyond belief Avadh ( Oudh) was a kingdom that the British slavered for. They took it with guile and the impotence of the pleasure loving Nawab of Avadh ( Amjad Khan) to make any decision with regard to his kingdom. Khan brings the pained ringleted Nawab to life , nothing matters to him except the next dance move, the fleeting stanza of a poem.......
Sayeed jaffry & Sanjeev Kumar ARE the chess players and the nuances of their relationship as complicated & convoluted as that of the British & Lucknowis !
Richard Attenborough is effectual as an ineffectual Britisher. His attitude very much " I want it and therefore it is mine!" The moves within the film are slow and thoughtful , but it gives the viewer the time and space to consider the underlying emotions that eventually decide the outcome of this once peaceful though beleaguered kingdom.
What can I say about this Satyajit Ray film except that it is crafted with excellence as expected of him.

I would suggest that the person who views this film see 'Janoon'

Indochine [DVD]
Indochine [DVD]
Dvd ~ Catherine Deneuve
Price: £7.75

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4.0 out of 5 stars Indochine-a must see, 5 Dec. 2010
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Surreal cinematography, Ballet like sequences- slow & full of ethos define this gold tinted romance starring Catherine Deneuve & Vincent Perez . It is soulfully tragic love triangle with a mother and daughter falling in love with the same man.....naturally it all goes sad,bad & hopelessly tangled ! Vietnam is a country mangled by war and passions of its past tangling with the fury of the present....people trying to find their way out of oppression , choices that left families torn asunder, lives desolate and a future that isn't as gold as promised.
The film is almost dreamlike with emotions that run fast & furious.
I found it hauntingly sad and painful at times but I would see it again.

Forever Ofra Haza
Forever Ofra Haza

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ofra -Voice of the Yemani, 5 Dec. 2010
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Ofra has one of the most evocative voices of the 20th Century. I wish her singing Yerushalem was included in this album. However it is a collection worthy of her. too bad Ofra's tragic death has deprived us of her talent.

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