England, My England

Overview

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, ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2007
  • UPC: 032031422193
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: Kultur Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 2:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 56,586

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
The 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
Jennifer Smith Participant
Michael Ball Harry Purcell
Simon Callow Charles II
Joseph David
Antonia de Sancha
Letitia Dean Barbara
Vernon Dobtcheff Spratt
Simon Flind Draghi
John Fortune Clarendon
Rebecca Front Mary
Constantine Gregory Wharton
Guy Henry James
John Hibbs Blacksmith
James Hicks Blow
Bill Kenwright Bill
Murray Melvin Shaftesbury
Edward Michie Young Harry
Bernard Padden Blackwell
Patricia Quinn Elizabeth Purcell
Corin Redgrave William
Terence Rigby Cooke
James Saxon Vyner
John Shrapnel Pepys
Lucy Speed Nell
Robert Stephens Dryden
David Thomas Gostling
Rebecca Tremain Catherine
Brook Williams Priest
Peter Woodthorpe Kiffen
Nina Young Frances
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
Charels Wood Screenwriter
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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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