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A wonderful William Hogarth Adaption,
This review is from: A Harlot's Progress [DVD]  (DVD)
Wow.. this certainly blew my breath away. It is very graphic and does not ease down for the light hearted or stuck up noseds.. in other words if your a before watershed sort of person best stay clear love.
It is based in 18th Century London following the famous engraver William Hogarth ( I have like 8 orginal engravings of his because of this film so trust me it is far from just good!) As he sets out trying to prove to his stiffshirted father-in law he can be as good a painter and artist as him. (little history for you here his father in law in the end got totally forgotten along with all his work as william out shon him so much.)
Anyhow as he is musing over little sketches in a dingy bar with the young henry fielding he catches glimpse of a beautiful young (and at the moment..) innocent lady dissappearing into the hands of the infamous Madam Needham who ran a hell of alot of brothels.
William, although married, takes an almost obsessive interest in her and we watch as their friendship/relationship grows and how as she once wished of high hopes of being rich as he, she was going down the dirty sewers of London as he was rising to fame from her portrail.
Alot more happens and whether it be historical truth or fiction as william Hogarth himself never denied or confirmed the woman to be real, it certainly has alot of twists, saddness, happiness and an utter jaw dropping dipiction of just how horrendous London in the 18th century was.
It really is an absolute must see especially if you are an historical come costume drama sort of fan - it is far from the BBC's costume dramas I can assure you....
This one is in a league all of its own! 10/10