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The Way We Live Now [DVD]
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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').
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.See all Product Description
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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!
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.
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.
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!
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I really liked it. It was an entertaining watch and it was well done. The cast was incredible as well. Overall, a highly recommendable period drama!Published 5 months ago by Valentina Marangoni
Enjoyable period drama to watch with David Suchet ,whos acting always makes it worth viewing.
A very well written and produced version of Trollope's story. David Suchet was incredibly powerful as Melmotte. Production values and costumes were great.Published 7 months ago by J Z O
Superb acting. Good screen adaptation of on of Trollopes best novelsPublished 8 months ago by A D FRAIS