Top positive review
4 people found this helpful
on 10 March 2013
Though bought as a present for my father, I was just as keen to see this timeless production. When I started two view it, I noticed two things that made it stand out from many of the inferior dramas nowadays.
Firstly, there was no music in the background that gets tend to be inserted to overdramatise a moment. We can see for ourselves how things are. It almost seems as if we are eavesdropping on the people that are talking.
Secondly, there are the remarkably long takes between scenes. The experienced and talented actors such as Kenneth More, Nyree Dawn Porter, Eric Porter and Susan Hampshire can play long scenes without constant changes of camera angles.
Though some many may be put off by it being filmed in black and white, they shouldn't be. It adds to the sense of occasion that it is far in the past. In the episode 'Birth of a Forsyte', it incorporates easily actual footage of Queen Victoria's funeral.
For anyone contemplating whether to buy this or the more recent version, there is no contest. This goes into incredible depth with the storylines and tells everything in full. The other glosses over or ignores so much.
A real bargain for any lover of quality drama.