Fawlty Towers - Series 1  [DVD]
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Subtitles: English SDH, English, German, French & Dutch
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Often hailed as the greatest ever British sitcom, Fawlty Towers is closer to the more elaborate tradition of farce. Comprising two series made in 1975 and 1979, the total of just 12 episodes were painstakingly constructed by writers John Cleese and Connie Booth. Unlike most British farce, however, Fawlty Towers deals with the big themes--death, psychology, xenophobia and even sex-o-phobia (Basil's marriage to Sybil is the most sterile ever depicted in a sitcom).Basil's contempt for his guests is, of course, legendary. It takes little from patrons to unleash his sledgehammer sarcasm: "Rosewood, mahogany, teak? Sorry, I was wondering what you'd like your breakfast tray made out of," he sneers at a guest who dares request breakfast in bed. Like every Englishman, he wants to be king of his own castle and resents having to take in lodgers to maintain the place, especially the open-necked younger generation, whom he regards as sub-human. Mostly, though, Fawlty Towers is comedy of exasperation--who can forget the "damn good thrashing" Basil gives his clapped-out car, or the nervous breakdowns he almost suffers trying to make himself understood to Manuel? It's also comedy of embarrassment. The very fear of losing his dignity generally leads Basil into the most spectacularly undignified of predicaments. His inevitable misery is our sheer delight.--David Stubbs
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It was made in a pre-multi-racial Britain with a much greater sense of different classes (upper, upper middle, middle, lower middle and lower class) and with the central character being insanely desperate to climb the social ladder and repeatedly frustrated. The target of the jokes is the insane, incompetent, perpetually angry hotel manager who will endure astonishing pain and suffering to avoid public embarrassment.
The plots are unusually unpredictable and surprising.
Probably the greatest comedy series made in Britain in the last century.
Enjoy Basil, Sybil, Manuel and Polly in this riotous British sitcom as we see Basil tormented by his wife, his staff and the endless procession of guests brave enough to stay at the most famous of Torquay's hotels.
Plus another chance to see the wonderful, beloved and sadly missed Andrew Sachs play out his most famous role one more time.
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