Silas Marner - The Weaver of Raveloe

Overview

This TV adaptation of George Elliot's 1861 novel Silas Marner was one of the rare single-episode presentations of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre. Ben Kingsley plays Silas Marner, who after being falsely accused of a crime and banished from his own town, becomes a miserly recluse in the small British community of Raveloe. When his precious cache of money is stolen by the town wastrel Jonathan Coy Silas can see no reason for going on with life. He is transformed from misanthrope to rehabilitated human being through the ...
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Overview

This TV adaptation of George Elliot's 1861 novel Silas Marner was one of the rare single-episode presentations of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre. Ben Kingsley plays Silas Marner, who after being falsely accused of a crime and banished from his own town, becomes a miserly recluse in the small British community of Raveloe. When his precious cache of money is stolen by the town wastrel Jonathan Coy Silas can see no reason for going on with life. He is transformed from misanthrope to rehabilitated human being through the love of Eppie, an orphaned child left in his care. Patsy Kensit is featured as the grown-up Eppie. Originally taped in 1985 for the BBC, Silas Marner was first shown in the US on March 15, 1987.
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Special Features

George Eliot: A Scandalous Life
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Ominous music, misty vales, and the fixed gaze of entranced eyes set a somber mood at the opening of this 1985 made-for-TV adaptation of Silas Marner, the classic George Eliot (1819-1880) tale of greed and redemption set in early 19th century England. Ben Kingsley wears the threadbare mantle of Marner, a linen weaver exiled by church members in Lantern Yard after they falsely accuse him of theft. Book lovers know the rest of the tale: how Marner resettles in Raveloe, shuns the world, becomes a coin-hoarding miser, and redeems himself by rearing an abandoned child. But even those who have read the book will surely enjoy this video version of the novel, for it superbly depicts what readers can only imagine: Marner's lonely days in his shadowy cottage, his greed at the sight of his money hoard, his despondency at its theft, his mysterious trances, and his quiet joy at caring for a little girl whose golden hair teaches him the real meaning of "treasure." In all ways, Kingsley is a perfect Marner: Slight of frame, spare of words, simple, complicated, cold, warm. The film is rich in symbolism and imagery. Skies brood, fireplaces glow. The poorest of the poor are wealthy with love. And Marner's loom thumps and clacks with the steady rhythm of hope. The film pays close attention to period detail, presenting clopping horses, magnificent castles, lively jigs, country church bells, and the wedding of commoners who enjoy being commoners. Carl Davis enhances the atmosphere with a music score mimicking the moods of the characters and settings. And the supporting actors undergird Kingsley's splendid performance with wonderful performances of their own. The film is ideal for English students -- or for anyone who enjoys a good movie that enchants and enthralls.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2007
  • UPC: 794051288325
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,056

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Kingsley Silas Marner
Jenny Agutter Nancy Lammeter
Patrick Ryecart Godfrey Cass
Jonathan Coy Dunstan Cass
Freddie Jones Squire Cass
Frederick Treves Mr. Lammeter
Angela Pleasence Molly
Patsy Kensit Eppie
Technical Credits
Giles Foster Director
Carl Davis Score Composer
George Eliot Source Author
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe
1. Brother Deacon [4:54]
2. Guilty [5:47]
3. Dead Man [5:28]
4. Mr. Cass [4:34]
5. Wildfire [4:56]
6. I Married You [4:32]
7. I've Been Robbed [5:27]
8. Master Marner [4:54]
9. Miss Nancy Lammeter [4:43]
10. She's Come to Me [4:51]
11. The New Year [5:42]
12. Eppie [5:33]
13. Great Pity [4:15]
14. Room to Grow [4:49]
15. Fatherly Feelings [4:58]
16. My Child [4:56]
17. My Duty [8:11]
18. End Credits [1:47]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe
   Play Silas Marner
   Scene Selections
   A Scandalous Life
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