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tall and well built with great natural charm of manner whereas here is so much ...
on 3 November 2014
My opinion is rather mitigated as some of the characters are so oddly cast that, in some cases, it seems to make nonsense of the story and can be irritating. Finneas Finn is a case in point: Trollope's character is remarkably handsome, tall and well built with great natural charm of manner whereas here is so much the opposite that one is left wondering how on earth he could have been such a success with women and have been accepted with open arms into London society. Lady Laura also is, at least, physically ,miscast: when Phinneas Finn first met her she is described as bieng 'handsome and lustrous'. Adelaide Palliser is also oddly miscast; she is described as 'a tall, fair girl, exquisitely made ...' and notably clever - none of which comes accross in the DVD! And poor Mary Flood, as represented here, would have disgusted any contempory of Trollope's and Trollope himself.
This being said, The Pallisers (DVD) is however on the whole most enjoyable. Lady Cory and Planty Pall are brilliantly acted, some of their scenes most moving. And all the end - The Duke's Children - was delightful.