Daniel Deronda

Daniel Deronda

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Cast: Edward Fox, Hugh Dancy

     
 

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Produced for British television, Daniel Deronda was adapted from George Eliot's final novel, written in 1874 (and first filmed in 1921). As was her habit, Eliot laid bare the hypocrisy and venality of Victorian-era "class culture," at the same time admitting that a certain amount of conformity was necessary if one hoped to survive in a world where nonconformity was

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Produced for British television, Daniel Deronda was adapted from George Eliot's final novel, written in 1874 (and first filmed in 1921). As was her habit, Eliot laid bare the hypocrisy and venality of Victorian-era "class culture," at the same time admitting that a certain amount of conformity was necessary if one hoped to survive in a world where nonconformity was not only looked down upon but actively suppressed. Essentially, both the novel and the TV presentation are comprised of two separate stories, linked together by the titular Daniel Deronda (Hugh Dancy), a young man of Jewish heritage. In the main narrative, Daniel is attracted to the spoiled, headstrong Gwendolen Harleth (Romola Garai), who is reluctantly poised to enter into a marriage of convenience with the wealthy, snobbish, and intensely anti-Semitic Henleigh Grancourt (Hugh Bonneville). This romantic intrigue is played against the curious relationship between Daniel and the Zionist visionary Mordecai (Daniel Evans), who tirelessly proselytizes in favor of a permanent homeland for the Jewish people. Things come to a head when Daniel finds himself falling in love with Mordecai's sister Mirah (Jodhi May). Originally telecast in three parts on the BBC beginning December 7, 2002, Daniel Deronda was re-edited as a two-parter for the PBS anthology Masterpiece Theatre, where it first aired on March 30, 2003.

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Adapted from the novel by George Eliot, Daniel Deronda is the tale of an aristocrat's illegitimate son whose mysterious bloodlines are the source of a host of family secrets. There is, however, one glaring difference between Deronda and other Eliot works: a focus on anti-Semitism in Victorian England that made it by far her most controversial. The sensitive protagonist, Daniel (Hugh Dancy) meets lovely Gwendolen Harleth (Romola Garai) at a fashionable resort, and their sudden passion becomes the catalyst that sets the plot in motion. Finding herself suddenly impoverished, Gwendolen consents to marry Henleigh Grandcourt (Hugh Bonneville), an arrogant aristocrat whose oppressive treatment leads her to ask Daniel for help. When Deronda's relationship with a Jewish singer (Jodhi May) is subsequently revealed, the sensitive issue of his heritage is thrust before him. Called "a jaw-dropping roll-call of British thespianism" by the Financial Times and featuring fine turns by such respected non-Brits as Greta Scacchi and Barbara Hershey, Daniel Deronda rises above its occasional melodramatic plot devices to offer a complex portrait of Victorian nobility in all its opulence and imperfections.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2003
UPC:
0794051175625
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Time:
3:30:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind-the-scenes photo gallery; Biographies of the cast and crew; 30 minutes of footage not seen on American television

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Scene Index

Side #1
1. Les Jeux Sont Faits
2. Nothing to be Ashamed of
3. Daniel
4. Not a Fear in the World
5. The Archery Contest
6. I Don't Care to Waltz
7. Serious Intentions
8. Something of Great Interest
9. Ruined
10. Mirah
11. No Allowances
12. Alike After All
13. The Pleasure of Refusing Him
14. Friends
15. The Best of Everything
16. Remembering
17. Like Schooling a Horse
18. Diamonds
1. Mrs. Grandcourt
2. A Withered Heart
3. Ezra Cohen
4. Permission
5. Gossip
6. Damned for What I've Done
7. Sit Down
8. Chosen
9. What a Lovely Surprise!
10. A True Musician
11. A Musical Evening
12. Sure of You
1. Mr. Grandcourt's Will
2. Our Own Country
3. Dear Mr. Deronda...
4. Stand By Me
5. Genoa
6. To Be A Woman
7. Elle Est Morte
8. His Dead Face
9. Drowned!
10. All Your Sorrows
11. Others Before Oneself
12. The Life That Is in You

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Daniel Deronda 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Faithful to the book's theme, the video ''Daniel Deronda'' takes necessary liberties to present in action what cannot be shown unless there is an omnipresent narrator. The screenplay differs from the book in several ways, but misses nothing. The characterization is exellent and portrayals by the leads are sensitive and insightful. The range of emotions reflects accurately what I understood from GE's writing, and I suggest reading the book to fill in the rich, period feeling even more than does the video. The music is haunting. Excellent production and worth re-visiting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dancy makes a stunning Daniel as an upright benevolent young man trapped in a triangle between a selfish but suffering woman, and a Jewess who is searching for her family. I found this movie a real tear jerker and heart warmer but without drenching artifical drama on. The entire Jewish theme made the story even more alive than ''Fiddler on the Roof'' because it is not about discarding ones identity, but finding origin and hope within oneself. The acting was superb, symbolism well done (e.g. Gwendolyn prefers to wear a turqoise necklace restored by Daniel's kindness over her husband's command to wear the diamond necklace of his former mistress) and you wont notice that this movie is about 3 hours long. You will be on the edge of your seat at the suspense and love every moment of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first caught this series some time ago on PBS - very early on a Monday morning, in fact! I was so mesmerized by the story - that it was well worth setting my alarm clock to wake at 4:00am the following Monday morning to see the second half! Absolutely Excellent! A+
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80NEPatsGrl More than 1 year ago
Wonderful mini-series.
luvsbritdrama More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of this story and ordered the movie because I am such a fan of anything British. It is a well-executed piece and well worth the purchase. I shall watch it again quite soon when I finish watching all the other DVD's I have ordered. Buy and enjoy!
flowersophelia More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of Daniel Deronda until I caught a preview on another BBC movie. I am so glad that I did. It was a great movie. The scenary, the filming, the story, and the acting were all superb. Everyone in this show was fabulous. Hugh Dancy and Romola Garai both show you utter truth and life in every scene. The screenplay by Andrew Davies, who also did Pride and Prejudice, Circle of Friends, and Sense and Sencibility, is absolutely wonderful. An interestingly twisted tale to intrigue, showing an indepth look at the subversive prejudice of the time, George Elliot's Daniel Deronda is superb
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Daniel is not played by a cast member from Notting Hill. Rather, Grandcourt is played by Hugh Bonneville - who was ''Bernie'' in Notting Hill. Just a minor error. :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this movie to be draggy and dull. I was very disappointed.