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5.0 out of 5 stars A THOROUGHLY ENGAGING PORTRAIT OF THE MASTER, 30 Jan 2010
This review is from: Noel Coward Trilogy [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
This DVD presents a three-part BBC Arena series on Noel Coward from 1998 with a running time of approx. 149 minutes. I found it utterly fascinating with interviews with his former staff, accompanists, Graham Payn, Elaine Stritch, Sheridan Morley and others who either knew Coward, interviewed him or studied his life and work.

Rare footage taken by Coward himself is included and the programmes are rich with excerpts of Coward being interviewed, filmed on stage and in the movies, and much more. The viewer is taken to see where Coward was born, to homes he lived in - notably in Switzerland and Jamaica - and I think we are taken as close to the man as we can be so many years after his death.

This is indeed a celebration of an extraordinary life and serves as a tribute to a multi-talented British star of the 20th Century. The programmes give a taste of his lovely music, his brilliant writing, and his unique brand of delivering lyrics or drama. If you are looking for comprehensive coverage of his output, then you will need to look elsewhere,but if you want to put his work in context and understand its origins, then look no further. These programmes are centred on the man himself, his character, his outlook, and his private life.

I found this DVD to be thoroughly engaging, beautifully produced and the time passed all too quickly. It exceeded expectations.
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