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Gormenghast [DVD] 
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The kingdom of Gormenghast rejoices when its ruler, Lord Sepulchrave (Ian Richardson), produces a son and heir: Titus, 77th Earl of Groan. However, scheming kitchen boy Steerpike (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) himself dreams of taking power, and sets about driving Sepulchrave insane. He also seduces Titus' sister, Lady Fuchsia, planning to seize the kingdom through her. It seems that Steerpike cannot fail in his plans - only the timid Titus himself, young and inexperienced, stands in his way...
The BBC's lavish, glowingly designed adapation of Mervyn Peake's eccentrically brilliant novels Titus Groan and Gormenghast is a triumph of casting. Ian Richardson's Lear-like depiction of the mad earl of a remote, vast, ritual-obsessed building is matched by the brutal pragmatism of Celia Imrie as his wife, the synchronised madness of Zoe Wanamaker and Lynsey Baxter as his twin sisters and the duplicitous charm of Jonathan Rhys-Meyer as Steerpike, the kitchen-boy determined to take over no matter how many deaths it costs. John Sessions is surprisingly touching as Prunesquallor, the family doctor who realises almost too late what Steerpike intends.
It is always tricky to film a book dear to the hearts of its admirers: Wilson and his design team achieve a look rather more pre-Raphaelite than Peake's own illustrations, shabby velvets, garish sunlight and dank stone passages. The score by Richard Rodney Bennett is full of attractive surprises--fanfares and waltzes and apotheoses--and John Tavener's choral additions are plausibly parts of the immemorial ritual of Gormenghast.
On the DVD: The double DVD comes with scene selection, an informative half-hour documentary on the making of the serial and a slide gallery of costume designs, characters and their dooms. --Roz KaveneySee all Product description
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Two Mervyn Peake novels have been adapted for this lavish 2000 screen telling. I do not know the books, so can only comment on what was seen. Presented is a world extraordinary in the extreme, full of flamboyant characters played by some very surprising names. Central is Steerpike, Jonathan Rhys Meyers delivering a real tour de force. At first his plight evokes sympathy, this diminishing as he grows ever more callous - ultimately out of control.
Four crammed hour long episodes, attention riveted throughout. Interesting bonuses (which I found tricky to access). They contain fascinating anecdotes (as how that albino rook was obtained) and illuminating observations from several of the cast.
Fans of the books may have reservations, but I liked most greatly what I saw.
The world is fantastic and portreys well a society which now only contains two classes - only the lowest of the low (the carvers, servants) and the higest (aristocracy) - with everything in between decayed and missing. The story chronicles one of said lowest (a kitchen boy called Steerpike) transcending through guile, cunning and skullduggery into the Aristocracy.
The stellar cast is generally excellent and provide a wide variety of characters to love and hate! The style is certainly not to everyone's taste, and some of it seems to drag and feel unneccessary, but overall it's well worth a watch.
Seems some readers of the book hate this, but not having read it, it makes a surreal TV series in its own right.
A stellar (some not so at the time) cast revel in their roles, but the scenery builders and people responsible for the whole look of the programme deserve equal billing!
I suspect some will just not enjoy this, but you're unlikely to be able to say "It's just like..."
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