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Birdsong [videorecording] /
a WTTV Working Title Television/Masterpiece co-production with NBC Universal for the BBC ; producer, Lynn Horsford ; screenplay by Abi Morgan ; director, Philip Martin.
[United States] : PBS Distribution, 2012.
1 videodisc (165 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
1608836614, 9781608836611
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[United States] : PBS Distribution, 2012.
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Music, Nicholas Hooper ; editor, Kristina Hetherington ; director of photography, Julian Court ; executive producers, Sebastian Faulks, Ann Skinner, Simon Relph.
general note
Also broadcast in the United States as part of the 2012 television series Masterpiece theatre.
Based on the novel by Sebastian Faulks.
Special features: The love story; behind the scenes; the war story.
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Videodisc release of the 2012 television miniseries.
Eddie Redmayne, Clémence Poésy, Joseph Mawle, Anthony Andrews, Marie-Josée Croze, Laurent Lafitte, Richard Madden, Matthew Goode, Rory Keenan, Thomas Turgoose.
As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France during World War I, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.
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Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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Rating: Not rated.
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DVD ; widescreen presentation ; 5.1 Surround ; NTSC, region 1.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2012-09-01:
Birdsong is a story of love and a story of war, and the contrast between the two compelling and complementary themes makes it a captivating addition to the "Masterpiece Classic" library. Based on the 1993 novel by Sebastian Faulks, the plot alternates between the grim reality of the war on the Western Front in 1916 and the romantic affair between young Stephen Wraysford (Eddie Redmayne) and the enchanting Isabelle (Clemence Poesy), who is trapped in a loveless marriage. The two fall hopelessly in love, and Isabelle eventually escapes with Stephen. Yet, in time she returns to her familial duties, and Stephen sinks into the gloom of war, working in the tunnels dug under the German lines. Isabelle and Stephen eventually meet again, but their romance is over. Stephen's discovery that he has fathered Isabelle's child motivates him to survive and return to his daughter. With three bonus featurettes. VERDICT A first-class production makes this moving story a great choice for public library adult film collections.-Joan Greenberg, Warminster, PA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Main Description
Set before and during the great war, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives, to the unprecedented experiences of the war itself.

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