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Oh, what a tangled web .....
on 19 October 2012
I must admit that, after having watched this Edwardian costume drama, I am still a little undecided about it, having found the outcome to be not what I expected (not having read the book), but I still enjoyed the film. It is very well cast and presented and there are some breathtaking scenes shot both in Italy and in some of England's famous stately homes and mansions.
The plot essentially revolves around the lives of 4 people - Doting father (Adam), a widowed American tycoon; his devoted daughter (Maggie); her life-long friend (Charlotte) and an Italian prince (Amerigo) who marries Maggie. The marital/love lives of all of them become entangled through an on-going love affair which threatens everything and basically comes to light in consequence of a golden bowl purchased as a present from a London jeweller and which, significantly, turns out to be cracked.
I was half expecting the story to end as it began, rather violently, with history repeating itself, but not so, although this was by no means disappointing. Nevertheless, it is intriguing and well worth watching.