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Mayor of Casterbridge [videorecording] /
BBC Television.
imprint
Silver Spring, MD : Acorn Media, [2003], c1977.
description
3 videodiscs (ca. 368 min..) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN
1569386110
format(s)
DVD
Holdings
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imprint
Silver Spring, MD : Acorn Media, [2003], c1977.
isbn
1569386110
standard identifier
054961611096
publisher #
AMP-6110
contents note
[Disc] 1. pt.1-3 -- [disc] 2. pt.4-5 -- [disc] 3. pt.6-7.
credits note
Music composer, Carl Davis ; costume designer, Christine Rawlings ; designer, Peter Kindred ; producer, Jonathan Powell ; dramatised by Dennis Potter ; director, David Giles.
general note
7 parts on 3 discs.
Based on the novel by Thomas Hardy.
Dolby digital.
Originally broadcast by the BBC beginning Jan. 22, 1978.
performer
Alan Bates, Anne Stallybrass, Janet Maw, Jack Galloway, Avis Bunnage, Richard Owens, Jeffrey Holland, Peter Bourke, Anna Massey.
abstract
On a drunken impulse, Henchard sells his wife and baby daughter at a country fair, an outrageous act for which he suffer an agonizing remorse. Years later, when he has become a respected and prosperous man, his wife and daughter seek him out in Casterbridge. He attempts to right the long-ago wrong and sets in motion a series of events that spell his destruction.
catalogue key
6137124
target audience
MPAA rating: Not rated.
technical details
DVD.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-06-15:
Originally aired in 1978 on the BBC, this seven-part adaptation of Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge finds veteran British actor Alan Bates in his prime as tragic Michael Henchard. Writer Dennis Potter (The Singing Detective) channels Hardy's fatalism as he traces the downward spiral of Henchard, successful businessman and mayor of the Wessex town of Casterbridge, following the unexpected return after 18 years of the wife and daughter he had auctioned off in a drunken stupor. This ugly episode, so shocking to Hardy's readers when the book was first published in 1886, starts us off on what can't possibly be a cheerful plot as Bates fully realizes the quick-tempered and brooding mayor of Casterbridge. Tracing the arc of Henchard's emotions from his youthful anger and resentment through to his final descent into bitter squalor, director Giles serves up the windswept melancholy of the Wessex countryside against the weathered face of Hardy's wife, played to perfection by Anne Stallybrass. Even the grayish hue of the 1970s video stock (which the DVD can't mask) lends an appropriate tinge of tragedy to the production. Recommended.-Amy Cant#, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Library Journal, June 2003
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