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Love In A Cold Climate [DVD]  
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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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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.
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. !
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.Read more ›
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Brief, but is honest with Nancy Mitford's writing within those limitations.Published 2 months ago by I. DORKING-CLARK
At first I though this was not up to the Judy Dench Verizon but gradually I realised this version has more of the books. Well donePublished 15 months ago by Edmund
A very enjoyable film. Watched it with my 19 year old daughter. Feel good filmPublished 15 months ago by MRS CLAIRE CLARK
Excellent performances from the cast - very entertaining and true to the book. 'One' could not fault it!Published 17 months ago by Isobel Abbott
Inevitably the longer 1980 version was truer to the books, and I loved it at the time, but now find it slow and (by recent standards) over-acted, and Simon Raven's clumsy additions... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Meredith Whitford