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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.
Notes: Based on the books by John Galsworthy
Originally broadcast on October 6, 13, 20 and 27 and November 3, 10 and 17 of 2002, as episodes of the PBS television program Masterpiece Theatre
Special features: Making of 'The Forsyte Saga' [featurette] (21 min.); Behind-the-scenes photo gallery ; John Galsworthy biography [text feature]; Cast biographies [text feature]
Contents: Disc 1 Vol. 1 Episode one
Bedside manner
Sketchy trust
Final words
Chance meeting
Bonds of a family
Proposals
Chemistry
Build a future (75 min.)
Episode two
Reunions
Hidden dealing
Truth revealed
Surprise visit
High tensions
Duty served
Rejections
Cuckolded (70 min.)
Disc 2 Vol. 2 Episode three
Robin Hill
Courting peril
Worrying news
Settling scores
Rising pain
Day in court
Judgment
Loss of life (70 min.)
Episode four
Rings of fate
Ashes to ashes
Familial home
Irene's return
Lifting spirits
Release
Sudden loss
Farewells (69 min.)
Disc 3 Vol. 3 Episode five
Passage of time
Shirts lost
Morning after
Education
Legal property
Pursuit
Family ties
Paris meeting (70 min.) Episode six
Complications
Bounding back
Shipping off
Revelations
Degradation
Children arrive
New beginning
Grave choice (72 min.)
Credits: Director of photography, Sue Gibson, Alan Almond ; film editor, Tony Cranstoun, Anthony Ham ; composer, Geoffrey Burgon ; captioning by Media Access Group at WGBH.
Performers: Damian Lewis (Soames), Rupert Graves (Young Jolyon), Gina McKee (Irene), Corin Redgrave (Old Jolyon), Ioan Gruffudd (Phillip Bosinney), Gillian Kearney (June), Amanda Root (Winifred), Ben Miles (Dartie), John Carlisle (James), Barbara Flynn (Emily), Judy Campbell (Aunt Ann), Wendy Craig (Aunt Juley), Ann Bell (Aunt Hester).
Summary: 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.
System Details: DVD, Region 1, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, widescreen presentation aspect ratio 1.85:1
DVD
Other Language: Closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933 Film adaptations Forsyte family (Fictitious characters) Drama England Social life and customs 19th century Drama Marriage England 20th century Drama Families England Drama Middle class England Drama Women England Drama Man-woman relationships Drama Television programs Great Britain Television adaptations Films for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Forsyte family (Fictitious characters)
England
Marriage
Families
Middle class
Women
Man-woman relationships
Television programs
Television adaptations
Films for the hearing impaired
Publisher No: AMP-5289
ISBN: 1569385289
Branch Call Number: DVD TV F
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I love this series about a large upper-middle-class Victorian family. For it's sprawling storytelling, forbidden love affairs, family secrets and jealousies but mainly because actor Damian Lewis in the lead role as Soames Forsyte. Who is cold, hard, unforgiving and yet easy to pity and feel sympa... Read More »


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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

Nov 18, 2010
  • 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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