Silas Marner, The Weaver of Raveloe DVD
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Directed by Giles Foster
Produced in 1985
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
Alex Davidson enjoys this classic BBC costume drama, adapted from George Eliot's novel. Ben Kingsley takes the title role.
Nominated for six BAFTAs, this beautifully performed drama condenses George Eliotís epic novel into a lean 90 minutes without losing any of the originalís flavour and otherworldly ambience. It tells the tale of Silas Marner (Ben Kingsley), an outcast who lives alone with his wealth until a little girl, Eppie, apparently orphaned, wanders his shack. Gradually he develops a loving relationship with the child, but the girlís true father eventually comes forward, and Eppie must decide for herself with whom she will share her future.
On paper the plot sounds mawkish and generic, yet the gothic elements of the novel counteract the potential sentimentality. The eerie Cotswolds landscape is practically a character in its own right, whilst the darker side of human nature prevails throughout; there is more than one dead body to be found in this sinister tale. Kingsley is magnificent as Marner, portraying his characterís oddness and hostile nature whilst engendering sympathy, particularly in his scenes with Eppie; the scene involving the coal hole is particularly heartwarming. Eliotís style of literature does not always lend itself to television drama, yet this frequently inspired drama succeeds magnificently.
Alex Davidson on 4th February 2008
Author of 238 reviews
The BBC adaptation of George Eliot's famous novel, in which the weaver Silas Marner, wrongfully accused of theft and expelled from his community, amasses a fortune through his weaving skills and his reclusive lifestyle. He is devastated when his hidden hoard of gold is stolen, but shortly thereafter, he discovers an orphaned little girl whom he adopts as his own. Ben Kingsley inhabits the part of the lonely weaver; Patsy Kensit plays little Eppie.
Publisher: 2 Entertain
Length: 90 mins
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 1st February 2010
Cat No: BBCDVD2501
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