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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mini-series!
I remember watching this as a child and loving both the story and the music. The story is about the life and loves of famous artist, Julien Mistral taking us from his early days as a struggling artist in Paris, marriage to Lee Remick's wealthy & influential heiress (who devotes her life to promoting his career), right up to his death, by which time his work supposedly...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not always accurate, sometimes fun
What can you say about this? Mistral's Daughter is probably the Gone With The Wind of juicy trash novel-into-miniseries of its era. Stuffed with familiar American actors who just barely pull off their roles as French free spirited artists and models (or, as in Stefanie Powers' case, don't), and nicely spiced with a fair number of British and Continental actors whose...
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mini-series!, 2 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Mistrals Daughter (2 Disc) (DVD)
I remember watching this as a child and loving both the story and the music. The story is about the life and loves of famous artist, Julien Mistral taking us from his early days as a struggling artist in Paris, marriage to Lee Remick's wealthy & influential heiress (who devotes her life to promoting his career), right up to his death, by which time his work supposedly rivals that of Picasso & Matisse. The story has actually aged quite well - Stacey Keach is excellent as the self-obsessed Julien Mistral, Stephanie Powers and Lee Remick are also very good, although I had a hard time being convinced by the formers attempt to portray Mistral's young and naive muse at the beginning of the story (tough to pretend to be 18 when you're approaching 40!). Despite understanding his attractiveness to women, it is hard to have any sympathy for a character like Mistral who spends most of his life entirely focused on himself and his work with little compassion for those in his life, using his wife and essentially ignoring his own legitimate daughter. When he finally meets Teddie, who is to be the love of his life and bear him the daughter that the title refers to, it almost seems inevitable that, after such a selfish life, he is to tragically lose the one person who he can care for more than himself. It is only when Fauve, his daughter with Teddie, comes back into his life that we see this side of him reemerge, although one can't help but feel that his adoration partly stems from his desire to mould her into everything he thinks she could and should be - a replica of himself.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A best-seller by Judith Krantz turned into a great mini-series, 3 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: Mistral's Daughter [1984] (REGION 2) (PAL) [Dutch Import] [DVD] (DVD)
This is mini-series based on Judith Krantz best seller is 373mins long. Tells the story of Mistral the suave but selfish French painter, his involvement with Maggie an artist model whose heart he broke to marry a rich woman who will sponsor his painting, the misery of his marriage, his disloyalty to his friends during the war and later his involvement with Maggie's daughter who bore him a child - Mistral's daughter.

Because the movie spans three generations, we are able to see the mistakes people make when they are young, how their past comeback to hunt them, one would say in some instances how they reap their Karma and if they are lucky how they can redeem themselves. This mini-series though quite long is very interesting for the simple reason that we are able to follow through events and see how they impact on the lives of these individuals and their children and how threads of fate can link people through unfinished business or through great wrongs done to one by another or through lack of forgiveness.

With an all star cast - Stephanie Powers, Timothy Dalton, Stacy Keach, Lee Remick, the miniseries is set in the eras before, during and after the world two. This DVD is a region 2 Dutch import, plays in English but subtitled in Dutch. The only extra feature is scene selection. It is a good buy, enjoy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mistral's Daughter (2 Disc), 18 May 2009
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DVD arrived in 4 days, which was great. Instructions for switching off subtitles given were correct and worked perfectly. Brand new, watched and thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tv mini- series, 2 Nov. 2011
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Mrs. June Neilson "art lover" (Lanarkshire, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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I enjoyed this mini- series when first shown on television and was delighted to find I could purchase it on dvd. It is a Dutch import but everything is in English except for the sub-titles which are in Dutch and these can be easily removed. I am now enjoying watching the story all over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remembered it, 11 Dec. 2012
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It seems many years since Mistral's Daughter was first released and since then seems to have been unobtainable. However, out of the blue Amazon have offered the video. It is excellent quality. Stacey Keach portrays the talented but driven Artist Mistral, his performance dominates the story which covers the period of the 30's, the war years and after. The women who loved him were tormented by his obsession with his art until one woman distracts him and brings him happiness and tragedy. Their daughter then dominates the latter part of the story. Its a 'chick flick' but my husband sat through it very happily! Would recommend to anyone who enjoys a romantic saga.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not always accurate, sometimes fun, 23 April 2015
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Muriel Elaine Wood "odd movie buff" (Richmond, VA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mistral's Daughter [1984] (REGION 2) (PAL) [Dutch Import] [DVD] (DVD)
What can you say about this? Mistral's Daughter is probably the Gone With The Wind of juicy trash novel-into-miniseries of its era. Stuffed with familiar American actors who just barely pull off their roles as French free spirited artists and models (or, as in Stefanie Powers' case, don't), and nicely spiced with a fair number of British and Continental actors whose appearances chiefly go to prove how bad most American television performers are by comparison, the series has to coast primarily on lush locale filming and some very tony production values.

There are moments that render this gargantuan enterprise not completely without merit--Episode 5, in which we see Mistral's worst nature coming out in his collaboration with the occupying Nazis, which leads to the deaths of several, and his abandoning of one of his closest associates, has some scenes that are able to evoke genuine emotion in the midst of all the surrounding soap opera; most of the credit for those can be handed easily to the very fine Ian Richardson, whose portrayal of Avigdor, the Jewish gallery owner/dealer who has given Mistral his first artistic exposure and success (and who wins no gratitude from either Mistral or his scheming wife Kate as a result) is moving and first-rate. His performance carries far and away the most nuance and human believability of anyone in the cast--I'd have frankly been glad to see him given more screen time in trade for some of the purely wooden Robert Urich, for one example.

Stacy Keach tries as the Picasso-esque Mistral--I think what failings there are in his performance stem less from thespic inability on his part than from the basic silliness of Krantz's conception of what a 'narcissistic genius' artist might be like--she gets the high notes right, but obviously can't imagine anything beyond cartoon-level 'complexity' for Mistral's less flamboyantly selfish side (oddly enough, bad a writer as Krantz is, Mistral's Daughter is probably her best-written book, likely because of the affinity with the Jewish issues woven into the plot. These themes seemed to have caused her to tone down the trashiness somewhat, and to treat her material with slightly more respect than is normal for her style. However her take on 'artist's quarter Paris' is hilariously wrong, and the film, with its apparent inability to tone down the overtly contemporary look of most of the actors, particularly a number of the female ones, along with a goodly number of historical inaccuracies, just plays up the anachronistic feel to an annoying degree).

Timothy Dalton is good as Maggie's doomed great love, and initially at any rate, Lee Remick is quite credible as the smitten but always calculating Kate. Her character is turned into such an over-the-top wicked witch sort by the time of her exit however, that she comes off more like a stereotypical soap-queen evil matriarch than as anything recognizably human. Powers can work up the occasional pretty pout in her earlier scenes, but she ain't credible as either 18-year-old nymph or as post-menarche grande dame, and her histrionics in the years between don't add up to much more than a set of nicely photographic cheekbones and some sweetly glycerine tears here and there.

But there are a few bits that make this a not totally worthless jaunt-- a firm grip on the fast-forward button might be advisable--and the penultimate scenes which show Mistral's artistic expiation for his wartime sins do carry some honest emotional heft (though I could wish they'd have come up with better paintings than the ones used to illustrate this), and there is the allure, no matter how silly, of the multi-generational epic device. Despite the main theme of the story dealing with great art and its primacy above all other considerations, don't expect too much high art from this production, and you might step away from it not totally unentertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have "Gone With The Wind"!!!, 23 April 2013
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This is a very poor copy, complete with very, very annoying subtitles. It has not stood the test of time at all well. Horrendously dated fashions, hair styles and a very soapy feel to it. Should have just stuck to my memories of the book. Were the eighties that bad? From this dvd production I guess it must have been, what a shame!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this serie, 19 Feb. 2013
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Really nice, even though I had the impression that some scenes are missing. But never mind, I just love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mistrals daughter, 3 Mar. 2012
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this dvd arrived very quickly.sub titles deleted easily.altho many years since the minstrals daughter

was shown on television it was still just asentertaining.so much so watched it twice.
well worth the money.they dont make them like that anymore
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining, 21 April 2014
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Mrs. S. Lang (Cambridgeshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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I saw the series before on TV when first released and was dying to see it again. It does not matter at all that you have the Dutch dub-titles, you don't notice them after a while. It's a thought-provoking, poignant story of love through the ages, with a large emphasis on the 2nd World War years and the consequences. Lavishly filmed in Paris and the countryside its entirely believable and good performances from the stars, Stefanie Powers, Stacey Keach and Lee Remick keep your attention. I played it at home during a "girls night in" and we were up till 3:30 in the morning, unable to stop watching it. Terrific!
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