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England, My England
     

England, My England

Director: Tony Palmer

Cast: Tony Palmer

 

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This British biopic attempts to chronicle the life of 17th-century tunesmith Henry Purcell. The filmmakers have had to do much speculating about Britain's first great composer, as little is known about his life back then. It is known that Purcell had been a chorister as a child and then became the court composer for three kings: Charles, James and William. Before his

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This British biopic attempts to chronicle the life of 17th-century tunesmith Henry Purcell. The filmmakers have had to do much speculating about Britain's first great composer, as little is known about his life back then. It is known that Purcell had been a chorister as a child and then became the court composer for three kings: Charles, James and William. Before his death at age 37, Purcell penned over 1,000 songs and sired a few children, most of whom died at birth. While little is actually known of Purcell, the film successfully recreates the tumultuous era in which he lived. Also running parallel to Purcell's story is a set in the 1960s when English society and values seemed to be rapidly eroding, just as they were in the composer's time. The story concerns a playwright's attempts to research the life of Purcell for his next play. In the last part of the film, several lavish musical numbers from Purcell's vast repertoire are presented.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2007
UPC:
0032031422193
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kultur Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:32:00
Sales rank:
42,985

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Monteverdi Choir English Baroque Soloists Participant
Susan Graham Participant
Stephen Varcoe Participant
Lynne Dawson Participant
Nancy Argenta Participant
James Bowman Participant
Michael Chance Participant
Paul Agnew Participant
Peter Harvey Participant
Robert Johnston Participant
Teresa Shaw Participant
Jenifer Smith Participant
Joseph David Actor
Antonia de Sancha Actor
Simon Callow Charles II
Michael Ball Harry Purcell
Rebecca Front Mary
Lucy Speed Nell
Letitia Dean Barbara
Nina Young Frances
John Shrapnel Pepys
Robert Stephens Dryden
Terence Rigby Cooke
Bill Kenwright Bill
Murray Melvin Shaftesbury
Corin Redgrave William
John Fortune Clarendon
Guy Henry James
Peter Woodthorpe Kiffen
Edward Michie Young Harry
Constantine Gregory Wharton
Rebecca Tremain Catherine
Vernon Dobtcheff Spratt
Patricia Quinn Elizabeth Purcell
David Thomas Gostling
James Saxon Vyner
Bernard Padden Blackwell
Simon Flind Draghi
Brook Williams Priest
James Hicks Blow
John Hibbs Blacksmith
John Eliot Gardiner Conductor

Technical Credits
Tony Palmer Director,Editor
Rob Ayling Executive Producer
Mike Bluett Producer
Alan Cridford Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Flind Executive Producer
John Eliot Gardiner Musical Direction/Supervision
John Hibbs Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Hudson Art Director
Stefan Kitanov Producer
Nick Knowland Cinematographer
John Osborne Screenwriter
Nigel Talamo Production Designer
Charles Wood Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- England, My England: The Story of Henry Purcell
1. Restoration [9:37]
2. A First Piece by Harry [10:33]
3. Bankruptcy [9:08]
4. Marriage and Mistresses [11:14]
5. Plague [8:14]
6. Fire of London [5:44]
7. Rebuilding London [13:20]
8. Plot and Counterplot [7:34]
9. Marriage of William and Mary [:05]
10. Religious Division [8:24]
11. James II [9:51]
12. Return of William and Mary [14:05]
13. King Arthur [6:09]
14. Death of Mary [8:50]
15. Mary's Funeral [7:17]
16. Death of Harry [5:06]
17. Britten, Osborne, Purcell [13:07]

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