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The Complete Forsyte Saga: Series 1 and 2 [DVD] [2002]
The Complete Forsyte Saga: Series 1 and 2 [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ John Carlise
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £9.08

17 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you want a good period drama; try the BBC., 1 Feb. 2010
Being rather a costume drama geek, I look forward to each new adaptation but this disappointed me greatly. I can only reccommend it to those who want complete brain off viewing.

Despite this, your brain really has to be dead not to notice some true c**k-ups throughout the production:
The costumes are horrendous - badly designed and about as historically accurate as a Mel Gibson Movie. I can not say one good thing about any of them - some of Fleur's outfits being by far the worst (I swore I saw her dancing in a flurescent pink and yellow dress in one scene - just nasty even by todays fashions and this was ment to be the glamorous 1920's).
And the less said about the attempts of the make-up department the better (if I age as quickly as June (Gillian Kearney) I'll be a very happy individual.)

Damien Lewis does his best but is really too young and good looking for Soames. Not to mention Gina McKee as Irene. I did try to keep an open mind when watching her, as she got alot of flak from the press for her interpretation, but when you find yourself thinking about the actress behind the part and why she considers that reaction feasible, you do just have to admit its bad acting, casting, writing and direction.

Corin Redgrave (spelt Colin on the DVD) and Robert Graves were the only ones that I feel really should get the credit for keeping me watching the whole series. I can't say that Redgrave possibly stretched himself but his character at least has warmth and humility, and Graves offered more depth in his interpretation of Young Jolyon, than most of the rest of the main cast.

It is easy to blame the cast for such a dreadful production, when the fault really lies with the Direction. How Director Andy Wilson thought that his cast were perfect or encouraged their interpretations (or possibly even making them this bad) is beside me. One can only imagine he has never read the book, seen the 1967 production or done one ounce of historical research. Such a shame, as I am sure in other hands it could have been excellent.
If you're wanting a sprawling epic of a period drama try Andrew Davies' 'Bleak House', Michael Lindsay-Hogg and Charles Sturridge's 'Brideshead Revisited' or Julian Farino's 'Our Mutual Friend' - all of which have a excellent Cast, fantstic Production and dynamic and inspired Direction.
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The Roses of No Man's Land
The Roses of No Man's Land
by Lyn MacDonald
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and thought provoking, 14 Dec. 2009
The Roses of No Man's Land is a triumph of a book - seamlessly combining first hand personal accounts with a well written, interesting and informative account of the course of the war. Not only concentrating on the Western Front (which many histories do), MacDonald covers the Turkish front and Gallipoli, as well as the often hazardrous journeys on the oceans in U Boat infested waters to name but a few.
Focusing primarily on the medical side to the First World War, it includes accounts from a wide scope of individuals, from American surgeons and pioneers, to Ambulance drivers (male and female) and of course the Nurses and VAD's serving abroad as well as 'at home'.
It makes fascinating and often, heart breaking reading.
The wounds sustained during the first world war, were predictibly horrific, but what this book focuses on is the people who strived to save all those that they could, working endless days and nights in often cramped and freezing conditions. However, very little complaining is heard throught these accounts. They are a tribute to the strength of the human spirit and, in this case, unusually, the strength of the women under supreme pressure, as opposed to the often covered plight of the Tommy.

It would be very interesting to see a book in similar format focusing on the Nurses and Medical Officers during the first world war on the German front, I'm sure that it would tell a similar story but it would be another fascinating read I am sure.

I would highly recommend this book - it is well written, thoroughly researched and an addictive read.

Bridal Couture: A Guide to Dressmaking Skills for Creating Beautiful Custom Wedding Gowns
Bridal Couture: A Guide to Dressmaking Skills for Creating Beautiful Custom Wedding Gowns
by Susan Khalje
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for the skilled dressmaker, helpful for nineties research in bridal fashion!, 26 July 2009
A useful book for those with some sewing knowlegde. Information is well laid out and includes everything you need to know about fabrics and their suitability etc. Unfortunately the dresses displayed and used for examples are very dated and unless you want to go up the aisle looking like a reject from Four Weddings and Funeral, then the designs are not for you. As a designer/dressmaker for bridalwear, I found it useful for fabric information and couture techniques. Only a few patterns are included, when it would have been useful to have more and I couldn't find sufficient advice on how to make 'the underpinnings' - such as full net skirts etc. I would reccommend reading it alongside Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer for the gaps in techniques and a Bridal Magazine to ensure those Nineties fashions don't influence your final item! A good book though, but not for those with no prior knowledge of sewing - you will be very confused!

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