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THE MAJOR PROBLEMS OF "HEAVEN AND HELL: NORTH AND SOUTH BOOK III" (1994)

Any fan of the John Jakes’ NORTH AND SOUTH trilogy would be più than happy to tell te that the worst entry in the author’s saga about two American families in the mid 19th century was the last one, "HEAVEN AND HELL: North and South Book III". Those fan would be speaking of the 1994 Televisione adaptation, not the novel itself. Unlike many of these fans, I do not share their low opinion of the three-part miniseries. But I will not deny that "HEAVEN AND HELL" had its share of problems. Below is a lista of I consider...
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"GEORGE WASHINGTON" (1984) Review

Twenty-four years before the award-winning HBO miniseries "JOHN ADAMS" aired, the CBS network aired a miniseries about the first U.S. President, George Washington. Simply titled "GEORGE WASHINGTON", this three-part miniseries was based upon two biographies written da James Thomas Flexner - 1965's "George Washington, the Forge of Experience, 1732–1775" and 1968's "George Washington in the American Revolution, 1775–1783".

"GEORGE WASHINGTON" spanned at least forty years in the life of the first president - from 1743, when his father Augustine Washington died...
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"CALIFORNIA" (1947) Review

I am a history nut. And one of my preferito historical periods that I Amore to study is the Antebellum Era of the United States. One of my preferito topics from this period is the California oro Rush. I also Amore movies. But despite this love, I have been constantly disappointed da Hollywood's inability to create a first-rate movie about oro Rush.

I may have to take back my commento about Hollywood's inability to produce a first-rate movie o Televisione production about the oro Rush. There were at least three that managed to impress me. Unfortunately, the latest film...
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RELEASE OF OLD BBC PRODUCTIONS

Since the release of the 1975 miniseries "NORTH AND SOUTH" in 2013, I have found myself wondering about other BBC productions from the 1960s and 1970s.

I recently discovered that the 1996 miniseries, "THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL" was the secondo adaptation of Anne Brontë's novel. The first was a 1968 miniseries that starred Janet Munro, Bryan Marshall and Corin Redgrave. I also discovered that the 1999 miniseries, "WIVES AND DAUGHTERS", was not the first adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel. The BBC aired an earlier adaptation in 1971 that starred Zhivila Roche.

Does anyone know how to contact the BBC? I would like them to consider releasing these two productions in the near future.
"LOUISIANA" (1984) Review

Thirty-four years ago, HBO had aired a three-part miniseries about the life and travails of a nineteenth century Southern belle named Virginia Tregan. The miniseries was called "LOUISIANA" and it starred Margot Kidder and Ian Charleson.

Directed da the late Philippe de Broca, "LOUISIANA" was based upon the "Fausse-Riviere" Trilogy, written da Maurice Denuzière, one of the screenwriters. It told the story of Virginia's ruthless devotion to her first husband's Louisiana cotton plantation called Bagatelle . . . and her Amore for the plantation's overseer, an Englishman...
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"PERSUASION" (1971) Review

This adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1818 novel turned out to be the first of the old Jane Austen Televisione adaptations that the BBC aired during the 1970s and 80s. Produced and directed da Howard Baker, and adapted da Julian Mitchell; this two-part miniseries starred Ann Firbanks and Bryan Marshall.

As many fan of Austen’s novel would know, "PERSUASION" told the story of Anne Elliot, the middle daughter of a vain and spendthrift baronet, who finds herself reunited with her former finance, a Naval officer of lesser birth named Frederick Wentworth. Eight years before...
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"FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD" (2015) Review

I have never seen "FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD", the 2015 adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 1874 novel, in the theaters. And yet . . . my knowledge of this film led me to view two precedente adaptations. And finally, I found the chance to view this adaptation, directed da Thomas Vinterberg.

"FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD" told the story of a young 19th century rural English woman named Bathsheba Everdeene and the three men in her life - a pecora, pecore farmer-turned-shepherd named Gabriel Oak; her neighbor and owner of the neighborhood's largest farm, William Boldwood;...
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"BLANCHE FURY" (1948) Review

I suspect that many fan of costume dramas would be fascinated to know about the series of period dramas released da the British film industry during the post-World War II era. A good number of those films were released da a British film studio known as Gainsborough Pictures. But not all of them were released through this particular studio. Some were released through other studios o production companies . . . like the 1948 period drama, "BLANCHE FURY".

Based upon the 1939 novel written da Marjorie Bowen (under the pseudonym of Joseph Stearling), "BLANCHE FURY" told...
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"THE YOUNG VICTORIA" (2009) Review

About a anno o so before his popolare Televisione series, "DOWNTON ABBEY" hit the airwaves, Julian Fellowes served as screenwriter to the lavish biopic about the early life and reign of Britain's Queen Victoria called "THE YOUNG VICTORIA". The 2009 movie starred Emily Blunt in the titolo role and Rupert Friend as the Prince Consort, Prince Albert.

"THE YOUNG VICTORIA" began during the last years in the reign of King William IV, Victoria's uncle. Acknowledge as the successivo ruler of Britain, Victoria became the target of a political tug-of-war between her mother,...
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"KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES" (1953) Review

Twentieth-Century volpe was never a studio that I would associate with Film about the British Empire. Mind you, the studio had released several during the period between its formation in 1935 and the 1953 release of "KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES". Yet . . . it never seemed to produce many productions on European imperialism in compare to studios like Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Just recently, I watched "KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES" and discovered that it was a remake of John Ford's 1929 adventure film, "THE BLACK WATCH". And...
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Below is my review of the 2004 BBC miniseries, "NORTH AND SOUTH", which is an adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's 1855 novel:


"NORTH AND SOUTH" (2004) Review

If someone had told me years fa that I would find myself watching the 2004 BBC Televisione adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1855 novel, let alone purchase a DVD copy of the miniseries, I would have dismissed that person’s notion as inconceivable. I have never shown any precedente interest in ”NORTH AND SOUTH”. And I am still baffled at how I suddenly became interested in it.

Mind you, I have been aware of the 2004 miniseries for the...
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"THE PRISONER OF ZENDA" (1937) Review

I realize that many film critics and fan would agree with my suspicion that the 1930s saw a great deal of action films released to theaters. In fact, I believe there were as high number of actions films released back then as they are now. Among the type of action films that flourished during that era were swashbucklers.

One of the most famous Hollywood swashbucklers released during the 1930s was "THE PRISONER OF ZENDA", producer David O. Selznick's 1937 adaptation of Anthony Hope's 1894 novel. This tale of middle European political intrigue and identity...
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"THE THREE MUSKETEERS" (1948) Review

There are times when I find myself amazed at the longevity of Alexandre Dumas' 1844 novel, "The Three Musketeers". The novel has been in circulation for nearly 170 years. Hollywood and other film industries have been adapting the novel for the Film o Televisione for nearly a century. One adaptation I recently viewed was the Hollywood movie produced and released da MGM Studios in 1948.

We all know the story. A young Frenchman from Gascon sets out for Paris in the early 17th century to unisciti the King's Musketeers. During this journey, he meets a beautiful,...
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"HEAVEN AND HELL: NORTH AND SOUTH BOOK III" (1994) - EPISODE ONE Commentary

If there is one chapter in John Jakes' NORTH AND SOUTH saga that is reviled da the fans, it the Televisione adaptation of the third one, set after the American Civil War. First of all, the theme of post-war Reconstruction has never been that popolare with tales about the four-year war. più importantly, fan of Jakes' saga seemed to have a low opinion of "HEAVEN AND HELL: NORTH AND SOUTH BOOK III", the 1994 adaptation of Jakes' third North and South novel, published back in 1987.

My opinion of the 1994 miniseries slightly...
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"THE MISSISSIPPI GAMBLER" (1953) Review

Tyrone Power's career took a strange turn during the post-World War II years. Although he still managed to maintain his position as one of Twentieth Century Fox's superiore, in alto stars during the remainder of the 1940s, something happened as the 1950s dawned. Powers still found himself in Grade A Film during that particular decade. But he also seemed to appear in a growing number of standard costume melodramas.

Twentieth Century volpe lent Powers to Universal Pictures to stella, star in the 1953 drama called "THE MISSISSIPPI GAMBLER". Directed da Rudolph Maté, "THE MISSISSIPPI...
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"POLDARK" SERIES ONE (2015): EPISODES FIVE TO EIGHT

Within the past year, I had developed a major interest in autore Winston Graham's 1945-2002 "POLDARK" literary saga and the two Televisione adaptations of it. Series One of the secondo adaptation produced da Debbie Horsfield, premiered on the BBC (in Great Britain) and PBS (in the United States) last year. Consisting of eight episodes, Series One of "POLDARK" was an adaptation of 1945's "Ross Poldark - A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787" and "Demelza - A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790".
Whereas Episodes One to Four adapted the 1945 novel, Episodes...
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"THE BARCHESTER CHRONICLES" (1982) Review

Back in 1982, the BBC turned to 19th century autore Anthony Trollope for a seven-part miniseries called ]b"THE BARCHESTER CHRONICLES"[/b]. The miniseries was based upon the author’s first two Barchester novels about the Church of England.

Directed da David Giles and written da Alan Plater, "THE BARCHESTER CHRONICLES" is an adaptation of "The Warden" (1855) and "Barchester Towers" (1857). The novels focused upon the the dealings and social maneuverings of the clergy and gentry literature concern the dealings of the clergy and the gentry that go on between...
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"SENSE AND SENSIBILITY" (1971) Review

For some reason, I still find it hard to believe that until recently, very few people were aware that the first adaptation of Jane Austen's 1811 novel, "Sense and Sensibility", dated as far back as 1971. After all, people have been aware of other Austen adaptations during this same period o earlier. Even the Wikipedia site fails to mention it, except in connection with one of the cast members. What was about this four-part miniseries that eluded so many Austen fans?

In "SENSE AND SENSIBILITY", a wealthy landowner named Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his two...
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"THE JOURNEY OF AUGUST KING" (1995) Review

When the 1995 adaptation of John Ehle's 1971 novel, "The Journey of August King" hit the theaters, it barely made a flicker in the consciousness of moviegoers. In a way, I could see why.

"THE JOURNEY OF AUGUST KING" begins with widowed farmer August King traveling through the hills of western North Carolina in the spring of 1815, after selling his produce, making a final payment on his land, and purchasing goods at the local markets. During his journey, he learns about a hunt for an escaped slave. August eventually comes across the slave - a 17 year-old...
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"ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO" (1953) Review

Years ago, I used to watch a great deal of old Film on late night television. My two preferito channels that offered these Film were Turner Network Televisione (TNT) and the American Film Classic (AMC), which used to air Film without any commercial breaks. On TNT, I had stumbled across a Western movie originally released da MGM Studios in 1953 called "ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO" (1953) and fell in Amore with it. After watching my recently purchased DVD copy of the movie, I could see why it became a preferito of mine.

Directed da John Sturges during the...
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