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5.0 out of 5 stars faultless..., 24 April 2012
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This is not Jane Austen or, (happily) Downton Abbey. This is by far the best adaptation I have ever seen of an 18th century style novel. Thackeray was not polite and polished. He was writing before society had become dominated by prudish manners. It was an earthy, tough, dangerous world where life was relished because it could end so suddenly. It was a time of social turmoil when opportunists could become rich or ruined overnight. It was the age of Gilray cartoons, heavy drinking a high crime rate and sexual freedom. All this is captured in this glorious romp.

Becky is perfect, a designing minx but so charming and so alluring that it is entirely credible that man after man and women too fall at her feet. Yes of course the characters are comic caricatures. That is the whole point. This is a satire. But the production is so intelligent and all the actors so proficient that it matters enormously who wins or loses. From the smallest detail of the robust cuisine, (watch out for the tripe) through the gorgeous costumes to the moments of strong emotion at Waterloo, and Rawden's dicovery, I can't think how it could be better and I can't recommend this production enough. Gobble it up.
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2012 19:08:40 BDT
Orson Welles says:
"the best adaptation I have ever seen of an 18th century novel." Actually, it is a nineteenth-century novel. It was published in 1848. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2012 14:53:09 BDT
fabrice says:
Yes, I have been meaning to change that. You are the only person who has picked it up! What I suppose I wanted to say was 18th century in style or flavour as I feel Vanity Fair has much more in common with Tom Jones, Tristram Shandy or even Pamela than the post romantic movement stuff. Will adjust.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2012 07:44:35 GMT
J says:
Two months later... it still says 18th century. I noticed too, can I still get the points?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2012 12:28:02 GMT
fabrice says:
No you can't because it says 18th century STYLE. Nice try though.
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