Lillie

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Overview

Francesca Annis, previously seen on the Masterpiece Theatre presentation of Madame Bovary, plays the title role in the 13-installment Masterpiece offering Lillie. This is the story of legendary British actress Lillie Langtry, who during the Victorian and Edwardian era was as celebrated for her romantic pursuits as her theatrical accomplishments. We first see Lillie Le Breton living with her family on the isle of Jersey, escaping the strictures of her environment by marrying wealthy Edward Langtry Anton Rodgers. ...
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Overview

Francesca Annis, previously seen on the Masterpiece Theatre presentation of Madame Bovary, plays the title role in the 13-installment Masterpiece offering Lillie. This is the story of legendary British actress Lillie Langtry, who during the Victorian and Edwardian era was as celebrated for her romantic pursuits as her theatrical accomplishments. We first see Lillie Le Breton living with her family on the isle of Jersey, escaping the strictures of her environment by marrying wealthy Edward Langtry Anton Rodgers. When this marriage proves as confining as her previous existence, Lillie kicks over the traces and becomes an actress. Before long, she is the toast of London, and the object of every man's desires. Her admirers range from Belgium's King Leopold Derek Smith to the Prince of Wales Dennis Lili to American "hangin' judge" Roy Bean Tommy Duggan Even homosexual playwright Oscar Wilde is so smitten by Lillie that he writes Lady Windemere's Fan specifically for her. The story ends with Lillie undergoing a domestic crisis with her grown daughter Joanna David. Lillie was originally telecast on PBS from March 11 through June 3, 1979.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Essay about Lillie Langtry's impact on pop culture and cast filmographies
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
If ever there was an unofficial queen of England, it was Lillie Langtry (1852-1929), a woman of such dazzling beauty and charm that no man could resist her. And if ever there was a definitive film of her life, it is this 11-hour TV series. The 1979 production follows her on her rise from obscurity on the Isle of Jersey to worldwide celebrity in London high society and later in America, eavesdropping on her love affairs and witty tĂȘte-a-tĂȘtes with everybody who is somebody: great lords and ladies, musicians, artists, writers, actors, bankers, princes, and kings. In the title role as Lillie is Francesca Annis, and she is brilliant. While exhibiting the mesmeric allure of her character, she also exposes the guile with which Lillie enamors the Prince of Wales and the guts with which she rebuffs the King of Belgium (Derek Smith). Annis wears her part well, literally, in stunning fashions (including a gown of white velvet) which Lillie buys with gifts from admirers. In portraying Lillie as a scintillating conversationalist, one who can parry words even with writer Oscar Wilde (who adores Lillie), Annis delivers her lines with ex tempore immediacy. Her dialogue never seems forced, artificial, or rehearsed. Because Lillie is almost always surrounded by the high and the mighty of London society, the directors and producers of the individual episodes are able to sneak viewers a peek at Victorian political and social intrigues of the royals and the nobles. And, when Lillie decides to pursue acting, the motion picture provides glimpses backstage in England and America, where she goes on tour. To support Annis on her adventure through Langtry's life, executive producer Tony Wharmby assembled scores of talented actors. Dennis Lili is devilishly good as the wayward Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII. And Peter Egan is excellent as Oscar Wilde, the Irish writer who believed in extolling beauty for itself and had an apt subject in Langtry. In spite of its length, the film does not bog down as Lillie ages, her friends die, and America's colorful Judge Roy Bean -- "the law west of the Pecos" -- presents himself as one of Lillie's admirers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 054961887699
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Presentation: Reissue
  • Time: 11:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,783

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Francesca Annis Lillie Langtry
Anton Rodgers Edward Langtry
Dennis Lili Prince of Wales
Peter Egan
Cheryl Campbell
John Castle
Ann Firbank
Paul Williamson Lord Wharncliffe
Derek Smith King Leopold
Tommy Duggan Roy Bean
Technical Credits
John Gorrie Director, Screenwriter
Christopher Hodson Director
Tony Wharmby Director, Executive Producer
David Butler Screenwriter
Jack Williams Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lillie
1. Chapter 1 [5:02]
2. Chapter 2 [10:59]
3. Chapter 3 [9:17]
4. Chapter 4 [11:24]
5. Chapter 5 [5:58]
6. Chapter 6 [8:23]
1. Chapter 1 [8:32]
2. Chapter 2 [7:31]
3. Chapter 3 [12:32]
4. Chapter 4 [7:58]
5. Chapter 5 [6:31]
6. Chapter 6 [9:29]
1. Chapter 1 [8:00]
2. Chapter 2 [7:35]
3. Chapter 3 [10:42]
4. Chapter 4 [6:27]
5. Chapter 5 [7:12]
6. Chapter 6 [10:37]
1. Chapter 1 [8:42]
2. Chapter 2 [9:08]
3. Chapter 3 [5:54]
4. Chapter 4 [6:20]
5. Chapter 5 [11:05]
6. Chapter 6 [9:20]
Disc #2 -- Lillie
1. Chapter 1 [8:48]
2. Chapter 2 [10:05]
3. Chapter 3 [6:57]
4. Chapter 4 [6:29]
5. Chapter 5 [10:08]
6. Chapter 6 [8:49]
1. Chapter 1 [9:02]
2. Chapter 2 [7:47]
3. Chapter 3 [9:56]
4. Chapter 4 [5:32]
5. Chapter 5 [8:46]
6. Chapter 6 [10:35]
1. Chapter 1 [8:04]
2. Chapter 2 [9:14]
3. Chapter 3 [8:23]
4. Chapter 4 [8:04]
5. Chapter 5 [6:14]
6. Chapter 6 [10:56]
Disc #3 -- Lillie
1. Chapter 1 [9:09]
2. Chapter 2 [8:21]
3. Chapter 3 [7:20]
4. Chapter 4 [10:52]
5. Chapter 5 [8:23]
6. Chapter 6 [9:13]
1. Chapter 1 [8:42]
2. Chapter 2 [7:35]
3. Chapter 3 [8:09]
4. Chapter 4 [8:51]
5. Chapter 5 [9:03]
6. Chapter 6 [9:49]
1. Chapter 1 [7:08]
2. Chapter 2 [7:16]
3. Chapter 3 [8:01]
4. Chapter 4 [12:32]
5. Chapter 5 [7:40]
6. Chapter 6 [9:45]
Disc #4 -- Lillie
1. Chapter 1 [7:05]
2. Chapter 2 [8:09]
3. Chapter 3 [7:37]
4. Chapter 4 [9:48]
5. Chapter 5 [9:17]
6. Chapter 6 [10:18]
1. Chapter 1 [8:34]
2. Chapter 2 [6:51]
3. Chapter 3 [9:24]
4. Chapter 4 [6:49]
5. Chapter 5 [9:56]
6. Chapter 6 [8:43]
1. Chapter 1 [6:41]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [7:42]
4. Chapter 4 [6:00]
5. Chapter 5 [8:10]
6. Chapter 6 [14:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Lillie
   Episode Selection
      Emilie: Chapters
      Mrs. Langtry: Chapters
      The Jersey Lily: Chapters
      The New Helen: Chapters
Disc #2 -- Lillie
   Episode Selection
      Bertie: Chapters
      Let Them Say: Chapters
      The Sailor Prince: Chapters
Disc #3 -- Lillie
   Episode Selection
      Going On the Stage: Chapters
      America!: Chapters
      Home On the Range: Chapters
Disc #4 -- Lillie
   Episode Selection
      Mr. Jersey: Chapters
      Sunset and Evening Star: Chapters
      Fifty Cents a Dance: Chapters
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  • Posted September 20, 2014

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    Should almost be required watching for innocent girls with quest

    Should almost be required watching for innocent girls with questionable ambitions. A great production.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A very enjoyable miniseries

    The character of Lillie Langtrey has popped up in several movies and books I have read. I didn't research her background before viewing the film, so I'm not sure how historically acurate it might be. Franceca Annis is one of my favorite actresses and that was another reason I wanted to watch this. She was believable as both the innocent 16 year old and the elderly Lillie. Lillie as very unconventional in a world that had very restrictive cultural rules. That conflict was the center of the plot for me. The actor who played Oscar Wilde did so with flair but was not over the top. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a detailed story line that moves at a slow pace (these are high recommendations for me). Slow does not always have to be a bad thing...you get a chance to really know the characters and their motivations. I like to savor the characters and am always interested by anything involving the Victorian era.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I watch this mini series when it orginally aired on PBS and absolutely loved it. I am thrilled that it is now available on DVD, I am looking forward to Francesca Annis' fabulous preformance.

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