A Dance to the Music of Time

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A brilliant adaptation of a literary masterpiece -- often compared to the landmark miniseries Brideshead Revisited in scope and impact -- A Dance to the Music of Time chronicles a half century of British upper-class life through the eyes of protagonist Nicholas Jenkins Rome's James Purefoy. From the 1920s through the 1960s, friendship, adultery, ambition, and failure play out against the backdrop of London's social, political, and artistic life. Based on the 12-novel cycle by Anthony Powell and adapted by Emmy ...
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Overview

A brilliant adaptation of a literary masterpiece -- often compared to the landmark miniseries Brideshead Revisited in scope and impact -- A Dance to the Music of Time chronicles a half century of British upper-class life through the eyes of protagonist Nicholas Jenkins Rome's James Purefoy. From the 1920s through the 1960s, friendship, adultery, ambition, and failure play out against the backdrop of London's social, political, and artistic life. Based on the 12-novel cycle by Anthony Powell and adapted by Emmy winner Hugh Whitemore, the lavish eight-hour drama debuted in the U.K. in 1997 to critical and popular acclaim. The series also stars Miranda Richardson, Edward Fox, Sir John Gielgud, Alan Bennett, John Standing, Zoë Wanamaker, Eileen Atkins, and Simon Russell Beale. Special features include a character guide; photo gallery; Anthony Powell biography; and cast filmographies.
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Special Features

Character guide; Photo gallery; Anthony Powell bio, and cast filmographies
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • UPC: 054961970599
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 6:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,049

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Purefoy
Miranda Richardson
Technical Credits
Hugh Whitemore Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dance to the Music of Time, Volume 1
1. School Days [7:20]
2. Le Bas Must Pay [7:07]
3. Love at First Sight [4:35]
4. Tea and Sillery [6:23]
5. An Accident [7:27]
6. My Heart Stood Still [7:27]
7. Andriadis Party [12:08]
8. Meeting Sir Magnus [7:06]
9. Fortunes Told [6:56]
10. Love Affair [7:48]
11. House In the Country [8:10]
12. Infidelities [7:56]
13. Dinner Tragedy [5:19]
14. Taking Control [9:36]
Disc #2 -- Dance to the Music of Time, Volume 2
1. Molly's House [6:45]
2. Going Abroad [9:13]
3. The Tollands [4:34]
4. A Night Out [7:13]
5. Haunted [12:38]
6. Engagement Party [6:29]
7. Hospital Visit [6:32]
8. Moreland's Quintet [6:55]
9. Poor Old Charles [7:47]
10. Suicide [7:46]
11. Dinner at Donners' [8:03]
12. Seven Deadly Sins [4:10]
13. The Bellevue [5:25]
14. War Begins [8:28]
Disc #3 -- Dance to the Music of Time, Volume 3
1. Officer Training [7:59]
2. A Brief Visit [8:13]
3. Orders Arrive [4:42]
4. Maj. Widmerpool [8:04]
5. "F" Mess Waiter [7:42]
6. Odo and Priscilla [9:42]
7. Take Cover [5:07]
8. Transferred [5:45]
9. Domestic Problems [4:54]
10. An Intricate Dance [7:22]
11. Dangerous Woman [7:51]
12. Death Surrounds Her [7:59]
13. Murder [12:11]
14. War Is Over [6:19]
Disc #4 -- Dance to the Music of Time, Volume 4
1. An Investor's Death [7:43]
2. Financial Matters [5:26]
3. The Launch of Fission [9:33]
4. Confronting X Trapnel [6:09]
5. Generations [7:37]
6. Femme Fatale? [6:29]
7. The Drunkenness of Lot [8:42]
8. Secret Lives [6:36]
9. Opera [6:11]
10. The Lady's Last Act [6:58]
11. Visitors [4:22]
12. The Prize [10:53]
13. Ken & Scorp [6:44]
14. The Anatomy Of Melancholy [10:33]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Dance to the Music of Time, Volume 1
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   Scene Index
   Cast Filmographies
      Gillian Barge
      Simon Russell Beale
      Edward Fox
      John Gielgud
      James Purefoy
      Claire Skinner
   Anthony Powell Biography
Disc #2 -- Dance to the Music of Time, Volume 2
   Play
   Scene Index
   Cast Filmographies
      Robin Bailey
      Jonathan Cake
      James Fleet
      Paul Rhys
      Adrian Scarborough
      Zoë Wanamaker
Disc #3 -- Dance to the Music of Time, Volume 3
   Play
   Scene Index
   Cast Filmographies
      Emma Fielding
      Nicholas Jones
      Miranda Richardson
      Michael Williams
Disc #4 -- Dance to the Music of Time, Volume 4
   Play
   Scene Index
   Cast Filmographies
      Eileen Atkins
      James Callis
      Joanna David
      John Standing
   Photo Gallery
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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    If you are patient enough to follow long sentences, such as &quo

    If you are patient enough to follow long sentences, such as "The comparative formality of the scene to be observed on our arrival had cast a certain light on my own---it now seemed too ready---acceptance of Stringham's assurance that invitation was wholly unnecessary; for the note of 'frivolioty' , to which Uncle Giles might so undeniably have taken exception, was, so I could not help feeling, infused with a undercurrent of extreme coolness, a chilly consciousness of conflicting egoisms, far more initimidating than anything normally to be met with at Wlapole-Wilsons'. Huntercombes' or indeed, anywhere else of 'that sort' ", you might enjoy this thoroughly detailed history of English manners between World War I and II. This is a wordy novel in which the characters, even the least important, become very real, while the action is subdued or implied. For an American reader, the author's use of double negatives and the references to obscure English history and custom is sometimes confounding, but the mood and detail are meticulously rendered so that I felt I was living in the moment while reading this book. The British names and class distinction kept me smiling throughout. This really is a funny book. However, it is not a book to take to the beach, but one which is to be slowly read, sentences often re-read for understanding, and savored. It should be preserved and place in a time capsule.

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