A Dance to the Music of Time DVD
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Directed by Christopher Morahan
Produced in 1997
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
Contemporary Drama • Contemporary Period, Costume, Historical Film • Contemporary War Films • Contemporary British Film • Television Drama • Period, Costume & Historical Television • War Television • British Television • Contemporary British Film
The most Proustian series in English literature, Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time comprised 12 novels, written between 1951-75. It's a masterly evocation of period and a shrewd insight into the impact that even the most transient acquaintance can have on life. Adapted by Hugh Whitemore and directed by Alvin Rakoff and Christopher Morahan, Channel 4's seven-hour precis is a dazzling chronicle of the seismic shifts that transformed British manners and mores in the 60 years following the Great War. The storytelling may occasionally lack Powell's finesse, but the fates of Nicholas Jenkins and long-time friends Charles Stringham, Peter Templer and Kenneth Widmerpool will still engross Brideshead aficonados. The sense of time and place is well sustained and the cast is uniformly excellent, although Simon Russell Beale's odious Widmerpool and Miranda Richardson's insatiable Pamela Flitton stand out, as they alone are allowed to develop their characters across the decades. Watch, enjoy and then compare with the inestimable books.
David Parkinson on 17th May 2010
Author of 191 reviews
The Channel 4 adaptation of the 12 novels comprising Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time.
Friendship, murder, adultery, ambition and failure are set against a backdrop of social, political and artistic life during the pivotal years of the 20th century, from the decadence of the early 1920s, through the sobering 1930s to the aftermath of World War II.
Publisher: Acorn Media
Length: 415 mins
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Cat No: AV9794
Format: DVD Colour
- 2 discs
- Anthony Powell biography
- Cast filmographies
by Barry Forshaw on 7th October 2010
This stunning four-part drama (adapted by Hugh Whitemore from the much-acclaimed novels by Anthony Powell) showcases a career-defining and extraordinary central perfor... Read on
This stunning four-part drama (adapted by Hugh Whitemore from the much-acclaimed novels by Anthony Powell) showcases a career-defining and extraordinary central performance by Simon Russell Beale as the unsympathetic Widmerpool. A truly stellar cast gathers together Alan Bennett, John Gielgud and James Purefoy (wonderfully understated as the low-key central character Nick Jenkins - through whose eyes the whole semi-comic drama is seen). Acorn Media also have another complete set in a very different vein: the complete run of The Good Life, one of the few British sitcoms that combined expert comic playing with scripts that didn't insult the intelligence of its audience. It looks ever more like something from a golden age. Hide
by Anon on 28th June 2000
Paul Rhys gives one of the greatest performances that I have ever seen in any film ever. He plays Charles Stringham the beautiful, brilliant, doomed alcoholic; brilliant! Read on
Paul Rhys gives one of the greatest performances that I have ever seen in any film ever. He plays Charles Stringham the beautiful, brilliant, doomed alcoholic; brilliant! Hide
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