I ClaudiusBBC major series
Posted 09 November 2003 - 05:37 AM
What fun! Television does not entertain like this any more. There are terrific performances by Derek Jacobi (Claudius), Sian Phillips (wicked, wicked Livia), Brian Blessed (ignorant Augustus), Margaret Tyzack (noble and intrepid Antonia), George Baker (frustrated and finally insane Tiberius), John Hurt (Caligula), Patrick Stewart (corrupt Sejanus).
If you like to watch but are bored with tv, rent "I Claudius" for superb entertainment.
Posted 09 November 2003 - 06:35 AM
Posted 09 November 2003 - 07:44 AM
One of my favorite moments: Sian Philips and the professional poisoner.
Posted 09 November 2003 - 11:24 AM
Other favorites I have on tape are the Lilly Langtry series with Francesca Annis, and "Pride and Prejudice."
I'm wondering how many of you caught the recently aired "Goodbye Mr. Chips," and your impressions.
Hope everyone is also contributing when they can to public tv and radio. It's such an artistic refuge.
Posted 09 November 2003 - 02:15 PM
Caligulas Bette Davis/Baby Jane impression is funny too.
Posted 09 November 2003 - 05:34 PM
I think Derek Jacobi helps. Another (rare) series that I felt lived up to the books was Cadfael.
it's one of those extremely rare instances of a TV series giving as much pleasure as the books.
Posted 10 November 2003 - 02:15 AM
Posted 10 November 2003 - 02:32 AM
I also remember “Threads”: it upset me so much I wasn’t able to watch to the end as I felt physically ill. A brilliant piece of drama though.
Sadly the BBC is now seriously “dumbing down” though every now and then a gem of a programme will appear. I recommend the recent serialization of George Eliot’s “Daniel Deronda” and hope it makes its way to the States.
Posted 10 November 2003 - 08:16 AM
Posted 10 November 2003 - 12:14 PM
I did have a problem with the adaptation, however. I thought it relied too much on the sensational aspects of Graves' narrative, that is, the blood and sex. It's true there's plenty of both, but I thought it notable that although the series was based on both "I, Claudius" and the successor book "Claudius the God" it relied very heavily on the first volume and the reign of Claudius itself was given relatively short shrift (except for Messalina and Nero, natch). One of the great pleasures of the books for me are the historical digressions into such matters as Claudius' conquest of Britain and his noodling with the alphabet. Some of these things are not easily dramatized, of course, but I thought they might have made some room between all the copulation and bloodletting, especially in a series that ran to such length.
Mashinka, Daniel Deronda has been shown here. It was very good.
Posted 10 November 2003 - 06:18 PM
Did anyone catch the new version of "Dr. Zhivago"?
Posted 10 November 2003 - 07:49 PM
I also realize how much the music from the movie meant to me. It was incredibly mood setting. I have the soundtrack still and all of it is so powerful.
The PBS version has some pretty graphic scenes with the dismembered bodies, etc. Yet, it doesn't have the same effect on me that the movie did. I need to rent it soon. It was a great 'date' movie when it first came out. The kind people actually dressed up to go see in the theaters -- at least up in the Midwest.
Posted 10 November 2003 - 07:56 PM
The new one was so harsh and real. It was painful.
Posted 10 November 2003 - 08:19 PM
Although it made me shudder, I do like the real footage interspersed throughout. And I preferred this Tonia. I found her character much more approachable. But I really felt as though the actress playing Lara was miscast. I thought the same of Julie Christie although for different, almost opposite reasons. In this newer production, Lara seemed way, way too young. In the original movie, I thought she seemed too old.
But of course, what I really want to do now is to reread the book. I read it when I was about 18; I simply don't remember enough about it to compare it to either film.
Posted 11 November 2003 - 10:12 AM
I do have to say that I thought no one was at his best in the Lean movie except for Rod Steiger, who was stupendous. I also thought it was a good idea for the television Russia to be grubbier than the movie one. But in other ways the show is less of an improvement than it might have been -- and there was room for improvement.
vagansmom, the book is VERY DIFFERENT from either version. My opinion, Pasternak's method here is not really susceptible to dramatization, but plainly that's not stopping anyone.
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