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The Forsyte Saga

(DVD - 2002 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Forsyte Saga


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It is late in the Victorian era, and two branches of an upper-crust family--the "good" Forsytes, headed by well-meaning Old Jolyon, and the "bad" Forsytes, headed by crusty barrister James--are at odds, eternally squabbling. The 'saga' focuses on the younger generations - Young Jolyon, Soames, Winifred, June - and their struggles with emotional repression, the rejection of Victorian mores, and the sea changes taking place as a less repressive society emerged. Every family may indeed have its vicissitudes, but few have as many as John Galsworthy's Forsytes.
Statement of Responsibility: by John Galsworthy ; written by Stephen Mallatratt and Jan McVerry ; produced by Sita Williams ; directed by Christopher Menaul and David Moore ; a Granada Television Production
Title: The Forsyte saga
[videorecording]
Publisher: London :, Granada Television Ltd. ;, Silver Springs, MD :, Distributed by Acorn Media,, c2002
Edition: Complete UK broadcast ed
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (426 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
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Interesting. On viewing this series back in the late 60's, Irene had all our sympathies except for my clear-eyed mother-in-law. Watching this more nuanced version, Irene comes off as more of a whore/adultress and Soames because of his love/passion for her is more sinned against than sinning. This series is more complex than what we originally saw in the 60's.Very much looking forward to the rest of this production compared to the highly predictable Downton Abbey--horrid piece of soap opera. .

I loved the movie and will read the book now. Damian (soames)was best love to hate character ever

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  • heartofoak rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding performances by Damien Lewis & Corin Redgrave. Some costume-dramas are beautiful to watch, but thin on substance, but everything in FS, from the dialogue to the characterizations, is superb. One of the best costume-dramas I've seen. And you've got to love the spinster aunts (what good period drama doesn't have at least one): "The loss of a husband is nothing to the loss of a good butler, my dear".

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