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"THE YOUNG VICTORIA" (2009) Review

About a taon or so before his popular telebisyon series, "DOWNTON ABBEY" hit the airwaves, Julian Fellowes served as screenwriter to the lavish biopic about the early life and reign of Britain's reyna Victoria called "THE YOUNG VICTORIA". The 2009 movie starred Emily Blunt in the pamagat 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 susunod ruler of Britain, Victoria became the target of a political tug-of-war between her mother,...
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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 nakaraan that I would find myself watching the 2004 BBC telebisyon 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 nakaraan 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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"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 sa pamamagitan ng the fans, it the telebisyon adaptation of the third one, set after the American Civil War. First of all, the theme of post-war Reconstruction has never been that popular with tales about the four-year war. madami importantly, fans 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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"PERSUASION" (1971) Review

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

As many fans 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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"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 tuktok stars during the remainder of the 1940s, something happened as the 1950s dawned. Powers still found himself in Grade A pelikula during that particular decade. But he also seemed to appear in a growing number of standard costume melodramas.

Twentieth Century soro lent Powers to Universal Pictures to bituin in the 1953 drama called "THE MISSISSIPPI GAMBLER". Directed sa pamamagitan ng 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 may-akda Winston Graham's 1945-2002 "POLDARK" literary saga and the two telebisyon adaptations of it. Series One of the segundo adaptation produced sa pamamagitan ng 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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"CALIFORNIA" (1947) Review

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

I may have to take back my comment about Hollywood's inability to produce a first-rate movie or telebisyon production about the ginto Rush. There were at least three that managed to impress me. Unfortunately, the latest film...
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"THE BARCHESTER CHRONICLES" (1982) Review

Back in 1982, the BBC turned to 19th century may-akda 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 sa pamamagitan ng David Giles and written sa pamamagitan ng 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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"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 sa pamamagitan ng the late Philippe de Broca, "LOUISIANA" was based upon the "Fausse-Riviere" Trilogy, written sa pamamagitan ng 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 pag-ibig for the plantation's overseer, an Englishman...
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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 or 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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"KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES" (1953) Review

Twentieth-Century soro was never a studio that I would associate with pelikula 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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"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 pelikula on late night television. My two paborito channels that offered these pelikula were Turner Network telebisyon (TNT) and the American pelikula Classic (AMC), which used to air pelikula without any commercial breaks. On TNT, I had stumbled across a Western movie originally released sa pamamagitan ng MGM Studios in 1953 called "ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO" (1953) and fell in pag-ibig with it. After watching my recently purchased DVD copy of the movie, I could see why it became a paborito of mine.

Directed sa pamamagitan ng John Sturges during the...
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THE MAJOR PROBLEMS OF "HEAVEN AND HELL: NORTH AND SOUTH BOOK III" (1994)

Any tagahanga of the John Jakes’ NORTH AND SOUTH trilogy would be madami than happy to tell you 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 fans would be speaking of the 1994 telebisyon 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 listahan of I consider...
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"THE PRISONER OF ZENDA" (1937) Review

I realize that many film critics and fans 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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"BLANCHE FURY" (1948) Review

I suspect that many fans of costume dramas would be fascinated to know about the series of period dramas released sa pamamagitan ng the British film industry during the post-World War II era. A good number of those films were released sa pamamagitan ng 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 or production companies . . . like the 1948 period drama, "BLANCHE FURY".

Based upon the 1939 novel written sa pamamagitan ng Marjorie Bowen (under the pseudonym of Joseph Stearling), "BLANCHE FURY" told...
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"AND THEN THERE WERE NONE" (2015) Review

Ever since I gave up pagbaba the "NANCY DREW" novels at the age of thirteen, I have been a tagahanga of those written sa pamamagitan ng Agatha Christie. And that is a hell of a long time. In fact, my fandom toward Christie's novels have extended toward the film and telebisyon adaptations. Among those stories that have captured my imagination were the adaptations of the author's 1939 novel, "AND THEN THERE WERE NONE".

To be honest, I have seen at least three adaptations of the 1939 novel - the 1945, 1966 and 1974 adaptations - before I had read the novel. Although I found...
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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 pelikula or telebisyon for nearly a century. One adaptation I recently viewed was the Hollywood movie produced and released sa pamamagitan ng MGM Studios in 1948.

We all know the story. A young Frenchman from Gascon sets out for Paris in the early 17th century to sumali the King's Musketeers. During this journey, he meets a beautiful,...
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Andrei, as usual, is weary of life. This guy seriously he was born disatisfied with life and sad. Well I guess it isn’t really strange with that crazy, patriarchal, selfish father and that annoying sister of his. However when he meets Natasha at the Rostov family tahanan it’s like a fresh breath of life and obviously he fells in pag-ibig with her. It’s absolutely natural that he feels drawn to her, since Natasha is so charming, pretty and full of life.

Lieutenant Berg, who is set to marry Vera Rostov, discusses the tanong of her dowry with the Count and he is so much in pag-ibig with her that...
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"POLDARK" SERIES ONE (2015): EPISODES ONE TO FOUR

In the years between 2010 and 2015, I have not been able to stumble across a new British period drama that really impressed me. Five years. That is a hell of a long time for a nation with a sterling reputation for period dramas in both pelikula and television. Fortunately, the five-year dry spell finally came to an end (at least for me) with the arrival of "POLDARK", the BBC's new adaptation of Winston Graham's literary series.

I am certain that some people would point out that during this five-year period, the ITV network aired Julian Fellowes'...
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