Agatha Christie's Poirot - Collection 7 [DVD]
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Three adventures featuring Agatha Christie's Belgian supersleuth, Hercule Poirot (David Suchet). In 'Mrs McGinty's Dead', when James Bentley (Joe Absolom) is arrested for the murder of old Mrs McGinty, it seems like an open and shut case. But Superintendent Spence (Richard Hope) isn't convinced and calls on Poirot to try and track down the real killer. 'Cat Among the Pigeons' begins when elderly school headmistress, Miss Bulstrode (Harriet Walter), is warned by a parent that she has recognised somebody at the school from her days in the intelligence service. A murder soon follows, and Poirot is on hand to try to solve it. Finally, in 'Third Girl', when a young woman visits Poirot to get his help regarding a murder that she believes she has committed, she is shocked by his age and leaves without telling her story. Poirot is keen to track her down and establish whether she is guilty, innocent or just plain insane.
More mysterious adventures from the pen of Agatha Christie, featuring everyone's favourite Belgian super sleuth, Hercule Poirot. In MRS. MCGINTY'S DEAD, Poirot is talked in to investigating the barbaric murder of an old woman, seemingly motivated by financial gain. However, as is usually the case, all is not as not as clear cut as it seems. CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS takes at Meadowbank School For Girls, where a killer is at large. In THIRD GIRL, a young woman seeks out Poirot to investigate a crime she believes she has committed. But just as she sparks his interest, the woman disappears, leaving him to attempt to uncover her identity. The set is completed with 'Appointment with Death'. A must-own for any Poirot fan.
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The murderer and motive were altered--to explore the tragic lives of this tormented clan under a cruel matriarch--a more family dimension.
Why can't they amend this story? It's a film adaptation. Stick to your books if you want to be purists. Even Christie amended Appointment with Death for dramatization--she also rewrote Appointment with Death as a play MINUS Poirot! In other novels to plays, she would change the plot, aware of the impact of different mediums.
Likewise, this screenplay adaptation from a novel.
On this Series Generally
As a whole, these later dramatized stories explore the human dimension--the loss of lives, the consequences on those impacted--these have an emotional toll on Poirot, who has evolved, through years of solving crimes, from interacting with people--Poirot is now older, wiser, more diplomatic, more sympathetic to everyone he deals with. No more just a cat and mouse parlour trick to tease his little grey cells, but all is seen through a glass darkly.
As a series, all these episodes are lavishly produced--suberb attention to details--and these changes have been purposefully and carefully done, remaining true to the spirit of the tales, capturing their essence, albeit showing more the emotional devastation on everyone involved. We sympathize with the characters when their sad histories are shown with greater sensitivity.
Imagine the money it costs to produce this series--recreate these settings, the far flung locations, the sophisticated cinematography and editing, the work involved in these screenplay adaptations--a true labour of love. I hope Suchet gets further funding to go on to the ultimate Curtain.
Definitely worth the money.
They would have done the series justice if they had left out this film completely!
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