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Disraeli - Complete  [DVD]
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1978 Emmy-nominated TV dramatization of the life of Benjamin D'Israeli starring Ian McShane. Disraeli, the only person of Jewish lineage ever to hold prime-ministership of Britain, was also a well-known figure in Victorian literary and social circles, being a writer of some note. This series encompasses his personal life as well as his public life in a semi-fictional tale of passion, glory, greed and ambition.
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Ian Mcshane is perfectly cast and dominates every scene. Seen purely as a drama, it compares well with your average Catherine Cookson. Beyond that we are treated to a rare view of this important historical character.
The writer has done an excellent job of condensing so much into six hours. Hopefully someday someone will commission a couple of lengthy series with a decent budget to really do this important period justice.
If you have an interest in history, politics or romance then I think you will enjoy this.
mcshane stars as disreali, a flawed man with an overwhelming sense of public duty who truly seemed to want to do what was best for the british people and bring in reform to make life fairer for the poorest people in the country as well as for the working man
the first two epsiodes show his early life as a young man, an author of books which scandalised high society in briton and shows his exile from the country for two years after one novel he published in particular made his life a misery all though it was well recived in america, it shows his debts and him hiding from his creditors, it shows the friends he made, his wonderful father, a man of books slowly going blind and his determined couragous sister who gave up on marriage to care for her ailing father and of both of their unswerving belief in disraeli, and it shows his first three failed attempts to win a seat in parmliment
from epsiode 3 it shows his friendship with mary anne and wyndham the man who eventually funded his election campaign for a rival seat to his and his joy at finally winning, it shows the distain and hatred of some of his tory collegues who looked down on him for his flamboyant ways and his desire to reform politics and bring the vote to every man of briton
it shows wyndhams death and disreali's decision to marry his widow a woman 13 years older than him, for money and position, and then his growing love for the amazing woman who believed in him and gave him...Read more ›
Although billed as "Portrait of a Romantic", this is not where main interest lies. Political aspects make greatest impact. The gaudily bedecked "flashy upstart", initially shouted down by MPs, steadily ensures his presence is felt - wisdom and wit making enemies wary.
Early television costume drama can suffer from verbosity and performances more suited for the stage. Here at first the heart may sink just a little, but misgivings soon pass and there is much to please. Rosemary Leach delights as Victoria, her disapproval of Disraeli movingly evolving into genuine warmth. (En route savour the moment when she IS greatly amused by his chatterbox wife.)
Four episodes, each about an hour. No bonuses except a picture gallery. Visually fine (money has been spent). The sound suffers from being very slightly out of synch, this not as distracting as one might expect.)
Discovered by chance, this production has proved a most pleasant surprise with sequences to treasure. How about the one in Episode 3? House of Commons packed to capacity. Emotions high. Leader of the Opposition Gladstone thunderously attacking. Disraeli stands to speak.... Cherish what follows. Quite perfect.
Although not in Television Drama's Top League, this production offers much of quality. Recommended.
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Excellent biopic of a charismatic, clever , ambitious and determined man who became UK first Jewish Prime Minister.
Ian mcShane is brilliant. He really is an underrated actor. Read more
I was not expecting to like this but it came over very well and got stronger as the series progressed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Samuel Romilly
I loved this true series of Disraeli a famous PM of England during Queen Victoria's time. Well worth the buy & I will not add anymore than has been offered by others.Published 3 months ago by Leila
Very happy with product. Would be happy to buy from you again. Thank you.Published 4 months ago by Heather Ranger
Benjamin Disraeli was very brilliant colorful and powerful man and the movie was wonderful and emphasis all these parts of him that have made him unforgettable forever.Published 5 months ago by Lily Ben Yoseph