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4.0 out of 5 stars The Black Candle, 31 Aug 2003
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This review is from: The Black Candle [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Having read the book I was quite excited about watching the film. In most cases I have found the book better than the film. I have to say that this film was on par with the book. Its the type of film that you can watch again and again. Bridget Mordaunt is the heroine and certainly knows all about determination and hard work. Based in Northumbria, Bridget inherited her fathers blacking factory and as a young woman wins the respect of the workforce. It's perfect viewing for that cold Sunday afternoon when you want to snuggle up with the fire on.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OH...WHAT A WEB WE WEAVE..., 6 Sep 2003
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This review is from: The Black Candle [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Based upon Catherine Cookson's best-selling novel of the same name, this is a handsome adaptation that beautifully showcases the book. At the center of the film is a strong, independent woman, modern for her time, England in the nineteenth century.
Bridget Mordaunt is a wealthy young woman with a mind of her own and a heart of gold. Intelligent, practical, and fair, she is a no nonsense business woman who has a soft spot for Joe Skinner, a working class, honorable, young man who has broken away from his lazy, trashy family He works in the factory that Bridget inherited from her deceased father who taught her the business. Unfortunately, Joe Skinner is in love with another young woman, Lilly, a factory worker who has been wronged by Lionel Filmore, the profligate scion of an impoverished member of the gentry. Joe marries Lilly, vowing always to protect her good name and knowing that the child she carries is not his.
Bridget's cousin, Victoria, who lives with her and whom she supports, is in love with Lionel, who mistakenly believes Victoria to be the factory heiress. On the day that Victoria expects their engagement to be announced, Lionel discovers that Bridget, and not Victoria, is the heiress. As this threatens to destroy the future that Victoria is seeing with rose colored glasses, Bridget steps in and makes a business deal with Lionel, not knowing just how despicable a blackguard Lionel really is, thinking that by doing do she is ensuring Victoria's happiness.
When the world of the Skinners and Filmores collide one day, it leaves Joe accused of a murder he did not commit. What happens, as a result, will change the lives of all involved, as that murder acts as a catalyst for a series of events and revelations that will leave none concerned unscathed. No matter what happens, however, Bridget is at the core of this film.
This is a film worth seeing if one is interested in period pieces, the novels of Catherine Cookson, or a simply entertaining film with a first rate cast.
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