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on 1 May 2017
This is a jaunty adaptation that faithfully captures the sly wit of Thackeray's hugely entertaining novel about a girl who takes on the town single-handed. The ending skims a bit, but intelligently so, and I for one thought putting the narrator's final judgement on Amelia into Becky's mouth was actually an improvement on the book, as it ultimately gave depth to (and in a sense vindicated) Becky's choices, at least from the viewpoint of this 21st-century woman. Good cast, fun score, and some nice pig shots, too.
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on 29 March 2014
I have watched this production of Vanity Fair many times and each time squirmed a little more at the fabulous, dark, almost Gormenghast like characterisation - Every actor is superb and has clearly relished getting inside their part/caricature. Natasha Little is utterly faultless as Becky and casting of all the characters is completely inspired. I was a little disappointed with Amelia as I had envisaged her to be prettier and more fragile to look at, but never the less she could not have been better acted. The splendid music is also so much part of the satire. I will continue to re watch it over the years and know that that this production could not be improved upon and will never date.
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on 18 March 2012
Natascha Little is fantastic as Becky, really shining through in the part. I've watched this and the Reese Witherspoon version back to back and RW is simply not good enough to convey the complexity of the character. The rest of the cast is good, except Amelie, who's far too wet (Romola Garai is much better in the film).
The jazz/oompah band score is like marmite, you'll either love it or hate it. I loved it, it's so out of character for the period but matches the original's ironic narration perfectly...and it's the narrator who has the best lines in the book.
The only cavil is that the last episode is rushed and loses much of the flair of the previous ones. The ending of the RW film is much better, the BBC series ends on a question, and they clearly didn't get good enough weather for the German scenes and couldn't afford to wait.
That said, between the two DVDs this is the clear winner.
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on 29 August 2013
Natasha Little IS Becky Sharp !
Played with just the right amount of restrained coquettishness. This is a wonderful production which stayed in my mind since it was first broadcast and I am delighted to watch it again. It is streets ahead of the movie with Reece Witherspoon, who looked as if she was expecting, being decidedly plump around the waist. Ironically, Natasha had a minor role in the movie too.
I must mention the music soundtrack which was a bit loud at times,but was very original and fitted well into the narrative. There was a lot of brass involved,and at times,sounded like a manic Salvation Army band !
This is one DVD that I will hang on to.
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on 23 February 2018
Becky Sharp lives up to her name:as sharp as a nail as she seeks to climb the social ladder, whilst remaining 'innocent' throughout!
She comes unstuck with Lord X, which turns out for her good, thanks to her quick-thinking!
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on 27 November 2016
I have seen about 2 other adaptations of vanity fair but this one is definitely one of my favorites , it's was made in 1998 but still very watchable would highly recommend to period drama lovers and lovers of adaptations
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on 2 August 2010
I have not read Thackeray's famous novel but really enjoyed this series and, judging by its length, think it is fairly true to the book. This is an interesting storyline with a realistic anti-heroine and some very good acting. It does go a little over the top occasionally with some of the characters who are exaggerated for comedy value but generally this is excellent. I was also pleasantly surprised that the regency costumes and military uniforms in particular seem to be spot on. This is well worth watching.
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on 3 August 2015
Good price for a really good production. My wife is now reading the book and is impressed with the acting viz a viz the series. Natasha Little should have good on and been a Hollywood Belle, she holds the story with class and a prettiness which is required for the character of Becky.
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on 7 December 2017
Probably the best rendition of Vanity Fair. Captures the book almost perfectly but it might take a few more years before Miss Sharpe actually can be seen for a modern girl looking after her best interest with what was aloud, in her control and isn't seen as just a bad girl out for herself. Give it time. This show is worth the viewing.
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on 18 January 2012
I hadn't seen this version since first watching it on TV, but it had stuck in my mind as brilliant and I was not disappointed on buying the DVD. Natasha Little is superb as Becky and the whole drama is streets ahead compared with the film version of Vanity Fair, which although enjoyable cannot help being limited by its length and I feel that the Natasha Little version is more true to the book. 5 Stars from me.
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