Middlemarch

Middlemarch

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Director: Anthony Page

Cast: Anthony Page

     
 

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This adaptation of George Eliot's Middlemarch aired originally in the United States on PBS stations around the country. This DVD release contains the entire six-hour production presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette.

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This adaptation of George Eliot's Middlemarch aired originally in the United States on PBS stations around the country. This DVD release contains the entire six-hour production presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Impressive acting undergirds this three-cassette, six-hour BBC adaptation of George Eliot's great 19th century novel Middlemarch. Heading the cast is Juliet Aubrey, a dark-haired beauty who brings intelligence, sensitivity, and vulnerability to her portrayal of the idealistic Dorothea Brooke. As the plot intertwines the fortunes of her character with those of other characters, her convincing performance anchors the film and sets high standards. Her co-star, Douglas Hodge, meets those standards in his portrayal of Tertius Lydgate, a reform-minded physician in a town of square-toed traditionalists. While presenting Lydgate as a man of integrity and compassion, Hodge projects enough weakness to make his character fully human, capable of wronging a friend and failing to perceive the flaws in others. Another actor who performs with distinction is Robert Hardy as Arthur Brooke. Playing Brooke must have been a challenge for him, for he had to convey a mixture of competing qualities. Outwardly, Brooke is benevolent and upstanding; inwardly, he is coldly indifferent to the plight of the poor and hostile to efforts to bring about social and political reform. Hardy's performance captures the whole of Brooke, giving viewers a chilling glimpse of the kind of "civic- minded" citizen who populates the Middlemarches of every age. As one would expect with a BBC production, cast members in supporting and minor roles also perform competently as they recite dialogue that is often taken verbatim from the novel. Although most of the action in the film takes place in parlors, gardens, libraries, law offices, and sick rooms, the drama nevertheless moves briskly, thanks to good writing and film editing and to the scheming and intrigue that build suspense.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2005
UPC:
0794051219022
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Time:
7:00:00
Sales rank:
11,715

Special Features

Closed Caption; Middlemarch - A Reader's Guide: 40 minute featurette on the book

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Visions of the Future [6:00]
2. Hospital Plans [6:39]
3. Leisurely Endeavors [6:06]
4. A Gentleman's Game [5:11]
5. The Vincys [7:02]
6. Talented Courtship [10:04]
7. Generosity of Kindness [7:35]
8. One Foot in the Grave [6:24]
9. Higher Standards [8:58]
10. Warming the Heart [4:51]
11. Troubled Conscience [9:30]
12. Credits [1:38]
1. Blossoming Love [9:02]
2. Welfare of the People [9:09]
3. Suffering for Others [1:45]
4. Romantic Ideas [11:22]
5. The Town's Talk [8:57]
6. Credits [16:07]
1. Will & Testament [11:48]
2. Deep Pockets [9:49]
3. Offensive Proposals [8:01]
4. Uncommonly at Ease [14:17]
5. Diminished Over Time [14:39]
6. Credits [1:07]
Side #2 --
1. Talk of Revolution [11:40]
2. Medical Malpractice [10:40]
3. All Men of Goodwill [12:17]
4. Taking the Highroad [12:39]
5. Above the Law [9:45]
6. Credits [1:07]
1. Trials of Marriage [14:07]
2. Ensuing Scandal [8:56]
3. God's Creatures [8:26]
4. A Better Return [9:51]
5. Hope and Despair [3:47]
6. Credits [7:25]
1. Disgraced Existence [11:33]
2. Slanderous Words [9:24]
3. Hanging on a Thread [13:03]
4. An End to Posterity [10:09]
5. The Courage to Carry On [12:25]
6. Credits [1:30]

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3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Classic British literature, at its best very discriptive in showing life in 19th century England between the social classes of people: the 'peers' and the average person working for a living and the homelife that each group lives (family interaction between each other and others in the same social class & reactions with others outside their determined social circle. Has several storylines going at the same time. I would suggest briefly reading the novel or skimming the book first to familarize with all the characters. I have the VHS edition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this on PBS several years ago and have waited for it to come out in DVD format. This series has many stories that are interconnected being revealed at the same time. The story is full of moral choices made by the characters and the consequences of those choices. These choices are similiar to the ones we make today even though this story is set in Victorian England. I strongly recommend it for parents and their older children to help in their ethics clarification discussion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We did a group viewing of Middlemarch. Our challenge was---is the movie captivating enough to view in one sitting. Guess What? Everyone was captivated till 2AM. BBC did it again! Characters do great justice to the story. Settings/filming are profound. Our group of 15 vote anonymous "definately a 5 star movie."
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