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  • Actors: David Suchet, Matthew MacFadyen, Paloma Baeza, Rob Brydon, Cheryl Campbell
  • Directors: David Yates
  • Producers: Nigel Stafford-Clark
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Oct. 2006
  • Run Time: 294 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HA46QC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,785 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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BBC adaptation of Anthony Trollope's tale of power and corruption in Victorian London. When the great financier Melmotte (David Suchet) arrives in England and announces a profitable new venture, all manner of people sit up and take notice, and not least the aristocratic-yet-impoverished Carbury family. However, the power of big business and the privileges of the old order seldom sit well together, as the Carbury family will soon learn for themselves. Adapted by Andrew Davies ('Pride and Prejudice', 'Wives and Daughters').

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First screened on BBC1 in 2001, The Way We Live Now will surprise those who know Anthony Trollope through the subtleties of his Barsetshire novels. This story of ambition centres around Augustus Melmotte, an Austrian Jewish financier who takes the London money markets and social scene by storm in his efforts to become an "English country gentleman". His rise and fall is followed with remorseless logic by Trollope, and David Yates' direction keeps this in focus against a wealth of sub-plots and character interaction.

The cast is a strong one, with David Suchet's Melmotte gripping in his recklessness, climaxing in the theatrical magnificence of his departure in disgrace from the House of Commons. Shirley Henderson is magnetic as his put-upon daughter Marie, courted by the cream of society bachelors for her dowry rather than her person. Cheryl Campbell gives a good account of the feckless Lady Carbury, writing vacuous novels to support her family, with Matthew MacFadyen relishing the part of her rakish son Felix. Paloma Baeza is sympathetic as her daughter Hetta, whose on-off relationship with entrepreneur Paul Montague, ably taken by Cillian Murphy, provides the main love interest. Douglas Hodge impresses as the loyal and sincere but insipid Roger Carbury.

The series consists of four generous episodes, each lasting 75 minutes. This is an absorbing production of what isn't the most subtle of Victorian novels, but which surely remains among the most relevant. --Richard Whitehouse -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Anthony Trollope's tail of deception, greed and social climbing may be set in the 1800's but is as pertinent today as then. Augustus Mellmotte is a devil - complete with charm by the bucket, cunning and guile he arrives in London and sets about hosting stunning parties, forming limited companies and clawing his way into the best circles. The aristocracy may not approve of him - but they do approve of his apparant wealth and he has no shortage of backers when he announces his plans to build a railway in Mexico.

But Mellmotte is a fraudster of the highest order and those who look like unmasking him soon see the real man - cold, threatening, bullying. As Mellmotte sets his sights on Parliament his web of deceit begins to unravell and his house of cards looks set to crash down - taking many of the top British families who invested in him with it.

With lavish costumes and a flawless cast, this is a must-see DVD of a great book. If you enjoyed seeing David Suchet's recent portrayal of Robert Maxwell you may well believe that his performance as Mellmotte was instrumental in landing him that role!
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This production seems to have attracted low ratings from those who have read the book - I haven't and coming to it with an open mind I think it is brilliant. I originally watched when it was first broadcast, and have just rented it from Amazon. I enjoyed it so much the second time that I've ordered a copy. One reviewer criticised the acting - were we watching the same thing? David Suchet, Matthew McFadyen & Shirley Henderson in particular are outstanding. Rather than portraying Marie as an imbecile (as one review suggests) I saw Marie as a young woman of great spirit and strong will. I've also been a fan of Matthew McFadyen since first seeing him in this. In addition there were some lovely touches of humour that had me laughing aloud. Well done to all involved. PS the extra feature on Trollope is also worth watching and explains some of the changes made from the book.
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I don't understand the poor reviews. I've read the novel many times (it's one I'd take to my desert island), and yes, a lot has been left out, but the performances of David Suchet and Shirley Henderson alone make this a 5* in my opinion. Outstanding, both of them, and Matthew McFadyen was also excellent as Sir Felix.
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A first class production of one of Anthony Trollop's fascinating novels which delves into human relationships and behavior. This, The Pallisers and The Barcheston Chronicles are all superb and to be recommended. Inexpensive too if purchased on VHS video.
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It is a mystery to me, why script writers and directors undertake to turn a classic novel into a film, only to start mucking around with the plot once they get going. The sad thing of course is, that Trollope did a much better job at telling the story, then they could ever hope to do. All these modern "improvements" hurt the production. It is quite entertaining though to see the actors suddenly slip into modern vernacular, because the writer did not get the language of the times write. On the downside, I felt David Suchet overacts Melmotte. Shirley Henderson portrays Marie, Melmotte's daughter, as an imbecile. Why she would do that, I can not begin to understand. Overall, it is still watchable (3 stars for that), but if you enjoyed the book do not expect anything much.
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I just finished watching this and enjoyed it so much. The central performances are all superb and David Suchet is terrific as Melmotte. It is striking how relevant the story is to today (2009) as we watch shares plummet and begin to feel the effects of the recession. It is a story of greed and deception on a massive scale in which the first Mexican railway can almost stand in for the Sub Prime bubble of today's financial melt-down.

That aside, London of the 1870's with its wealth and social hierarchy, its gambling, club life its grandeur and extravagance are all brought brilliantly to life. The costumes and interiors are all beautiful. The women in the novel are all strong and powerful. Lady Carbury must be the first working, middle class single mother in fiction.

I have read most of Trollope's major fiction, though not this book but I recognised his main concerns and characteristics. Andrew Davies' production is driven, witty and has an authentic feel for both the period and for Trollope's style. It is an adaption and I should be surprised to find that the book doesn't have strong differences to the film but I can't wait to read it nonetheless.
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This is a superb story of hubris, greed leading to a spectacular fall. The acting is first-rate, David Suchet's characterisation hits the mark. As the story unfolds, you are lead down his path of craving power, position in society and of course riches!

Then, raised like poor Icarus so high, that the sun dissolved the wax that attached his wings, and he fell into the depths, both his long suffering wife and spirited daughter become entagled in this web of despair. Today we can draw comparisions with certain City events - how history repeats itself!

A real gem, which I throughly enjoyed.
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I didn't know what I should expect from this series. I bought I, because I'm a Matthew Macfadyen fan.

And as it always is, he has a good hand for good stories.

A great story about money, life, love, power, lies... Brilliant and with humor!

Lovely!
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