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Love In A Cold Climate [DVD] [2001] [2000]

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  • Actors: Rosamund Pike, Alan Bates, John Wood, Sheila Gish, Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh
  • Directors: Tom Hooper
  • Writers: Deborah Moggach
  • Producers: Kate Harwood, Rebecca Eaton
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ARYYPO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,238 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on Love in a Cold Climate and The Pursuit of Love, two classic novels by aristocratic writer Nancy Mitford, this is a sumptuous and darkly comic costume drama about three upper-class young women and their quest for romance just before World War II. Celia Imrie, Alan Bates, Sheila Gish, Anthony Andrews and Frances Barber hurrah, hunt and bitch behind the pot plants, but this is more than tweeds, cocktails and country houses. It's also a sharp and witty look at the dying days of a particular breed of landed gentry. Based partly on Mitford's own life, it captures the highs and lows of the aristocratic smart set before World War II snuffed out their world forever.

Directed by the Oscar winner for the King’s Speech - Tom Hooper.

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Why this wasn't popular on telly at the time, I'll never know. Immaculate acting by everyone - including Rosamund Pike before she was Jane Bennett, or a Bond girl, for that matter.

The story is of three friends - three girls - in 1930s England before the second world war. It is a tale of how they came out (in to Society, as it was then), married and settled down. Yet it is so much more. It portrays the eccentricities of the British upper classes, with their whims and `individual' moral standards. After all, the author, Nancy Mitford, was in a good place to see all this first hand with one sister, Deborah, marrying the Duke of Devonshire and another marrying Oswald Mosley. So there are doves that are "dyed pink and dried in the airing cupboard" and a baby that "looks like a howling orange in a black wig - really, it is kinder not to look!" The wit is razor sharp, cutting deepest at the those who deserve it most, such as the indomitable Lady Montdor.

Overall, if you enjoy people watching, you'll love this DVD.
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I absolutely loved this mini series. It is a must for anyone who enjoys watching the upper class in the time period between the two World Wars.
It covers a lot of material in its two and a half hours of viewing. The acting is excellent with utterly believable characterisation. I didn't want it to end. !
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I absolutely loved this series. It captures the spirit of the book really well (although does not always follow the plot). Alan Bates as Farve had me crying with laughter and the main actresses very touching and credible. You will want to watch it again and again.
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"Love in a Cold Climate," is a 2001 British television miniseries, the second adaptation from popular British author Nancy Mitford's comic novels, The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. This period romantic drama/comedy was a co-production of WGBH Boston, American public television, and the BBC. It is, of course, in full color, and is considerably tighter and shorter than the earlier, 1980 television adaptation. The BBC, to a degree, did throw money at the screen, in ballroom scenes, cars, clothes, and interiors; however, some corners were cut from the first adaptation: the ballroom scenes do not show the orchestras at play; and the production does not show Lady Montdore's big costume ball, nor follow her daughter Polly to Italy. The newer adaptation reflects the shorter attention spans of current day audiences in that it consists of only two parts, rather than six. It resembles the first, however, in the presence of a great deal of talent before and behind the camera. This adaptation was first broadcast on the BBC in 2001, and in America, on Public Television's "Masterpiece Theatre" in 2002. But there's another major difference from the first adaptation: this version comes without subtitles; too bad, Acorn, as these well-bred British persons still don't speak above a whisper. In this house, we were able to follow the production in its larger lines, but missed a lot of the hopefully, presumably witty dialog from Mitford's novel.Read more ›
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I bought this DVD because I was intrigued by the mixture of 5-star and 1-star reviews. It is always difficult for someone to come to a film from a much-loved book, and evidently even more difficult for fans of the original TV series: it will be interesting to compare them when the Judi Dench version is re-released soon.

I have read and loved "The Pursuit of Love" and "Love in a Cold Climate" for over forty years, and the first thing to understand is that this film is an amalgam of the two, in spite of the misleading title, with rather more Pursuit than Cold Climate. This accepted, one has to admire the skill with which two quite different novels are weaved together.

I started out in a sceptical frame of mind, and there are some annoyances: Rosamund Pike as Fanny sets one's teeth on edge with the intensity of her gaucherie (she settles down a bit after marriage); Celia Imrie plays Aunt Sadie as nervous and fragile (wrong); Alan Bates doesn't quite convince as that "criterion of English manhood" Uncle Matthew - Lord Alconleigh is above all a comic character; and I wasn't entirely won over by John Wood's Lord Merlin. In fact very few of the actors project the unshakeable aristocratic self-confidence - the children come closest.

On the plus side, there are some wonderful cameos from the brittle society ladies; Daniel Evans is suitably appalling as Cedric; Sheila Gish as Lady Montdore is simply fabulous; and Elisabeth Dermot Walsh is a radiantly beautiful Linda, who becomes even more beautiful as the film progresses. I found the romance between Linda and Fabrice immensely moving, particularly given the sad reality of Nancy Mitford's own love-life. Having laughed a good deal earlier on, I wept my way through quite a bit of the end.
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