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on 18 June 2017
1870's drama covering madness, prostitution, and betrayal. Dark, sometimes tawdry, frequently confusing I found it difficult to follow. Not something I would watch twice. Passed to PDSA.
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on 12 April 2017
Pretty faithful to the book, but there are differences/ommissions, but it still holds up well, and is a good quality dramatisation.
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on 30 May 2017
No further comment
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on 7 January 2016
Disappointed. Predictable story line. Could have been a lot better.
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on 28 December 2013
a gripping film from rags to riches in old Victorian London, a two disc film a must see for both old and young
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on 16 August 2017
Thanks
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on 2 July 2012
The Crimson Petal and the White [DVD]
This flick is not for the faint hearted. In a polite fashion it really gets down & dirty about English Victorian prostitution & the general sociatial position of many women in those days...the lack of personal power, the forced manipulation to survive, the futile attempt to remain sensitive & sane in a world which ignores &/or completely restricts women, where only the tough & strong women survive by escaping the snares of society by suicide or running far away. This is a marvelously written story with layer upon layer of repeated symbolism. The story evolves thru a dark dank filter...even the sunshine is tainted & does not have the usual golden glow. It will take several viewings to pick up most of the symbolism. Amazing production worth a viewing or 6...
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on 27 June 2014
Watching the series when is was screened turned me on to the books of Michel Faber. Whilst it cannot hope to compete with the book - no director can pack in the detail and depth of characterization covered in a 800+ page book - it was a superb production, headed up by the marvellous performances of Romola Garai and Hugh Bonneville (surely one of Britain's most accomplished actors of recent years). I felt the urge to watch it again and was well rewarded as a second viewing adds nuance and better appreciation of the story. For the uninitiated - Faber is Dickens, only better, more credible and readable - and he is able to say the things Dickens couldn't, being constricted by the times and society he lived in. Get this, then read the book.
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on 28 October 2016
Slow, boring, unengaging characters, meandering plot. A waste of time.
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on 27 August 2013
The Crimson Petal and the White [DVD]
Romola Garai
Brilliant I loved it. Would purchase again. Highly recommended :-)
5 Stars
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