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chris-l



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:17 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

The one I was thinking of was a 1998 production, with Natasha Little as Becky. It seemed to me to be very well cast, so all of the characters seemed very like the mental image I already had of them.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a 2004 film with Reese Witherspoon as Becky, which is sumptuous to look at but presents a rather sanitised version of Becky.  I'm afraid that I am old enough to remember (vaguely) the 1967 TV version with Susan Hampshire in the role.


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't remember that one, Sandra, not because I am too young, but because we did not have television back then!


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sandraseahorse wrote:
I'm afraid that I am old enough to remember (vaguely) the 1967 TV version with Susan Hampshire in the role.

That will be the adaptation I watched because it was in black and white and we didnít receive colour till 1974. Susan Hampshire was one of a handful of actresses in great demand in those days who seemed to be on the screen in all sorts of roles.


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just brushed off an Alan Lewrie adventure story by Dewey Lambdin and am set to begin Parrott and Olivier in America, by Peter Carey. I don't know what it's about, but I trust Mr. Carey.
As for Lambdin - he doesn't really have what it takes. Pre-Patrick O'Brian it might have sufficed, but Mr. O'Brian has set the bar very high indeed.

So don't worry about me; I'll be curled up with Carey for the next few days. Let it snow and freeze all it likes.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Summer here - if you call pouring rain and cool temperatures summer.  Going to be unsettled till Christmas and beyond, though we had nice weather earlier.

I am reading a book called Shot in the Dark by Scott Bainbridge.  It is descriptions and analysis of NZ unsolved murders of the 1920s and 30s.  So far I have not heard of any of them.  He has a lot of detail of the police activities and what people said and saw at the time.  I used to very much enjoy stories of those famous controversial crime stories - the Red Barn, Hanratty, Crippen, etc.  But these ones are more uncertain; so far no one in any of the crimes have been arrested, and it is like reading a mystery novel without the crime being solved and explained.  

Interesting picture of the times, though, and properly researched and written and produced, unlike some of these sort of books. And bringing to the fore people whose lives and deaths have been completely forgotten generally.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Castorboy wrote:
Sandraseahorse wrote:
I'm afraid that I am old enough to remember (vaguely) the 1967 TV version with Susan Hampshire in the role.

That will be the adaptation I watched because it was in black and white and we didnít receive colour till 1974. Susan Hampshire was one of a handful of actresses in great demand in those days who seemed to be on the screen in all sorts of roles.


I can remember Susan Hampshire and that she was quite a big star around my childhood but all I can think of was ..Fleur in The Forstyte Saga...? I was quite small.

The Vanity Fair I saw on TV had someone called Eve ? with red hair as Becky and very good she seemed. It was pretty well cast throughout and their physical entities stuck in my mind next time I read it. Oh, I remember - Jack Klaff was a good hulking Rawdon Crawley. It was the first time I had seen some of these - then youngish - actors who went on to become more famous/familiar. I can picture Dobbin too but can't think of his name. Will have to trawl through internet.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was Eve Matheson, and Dobbin was Simon Dormandy. Amelia was Rebecca Saire.  I haven't heard of any of these actors - I think shows are always better with unknown actors so the audience are seeing the characters rather than the actors.  Though when I look at Eve Matheson I have seen her in May to December and probably other things.  

The reviews on IMDB (always easy to find the cast of a screened production on this site) were uniformly praising, calling it faithful to the book and superbly done altogether.  1987.  Much more highly rated than the Reese Witherspoon adaptation.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caro wrote:
It was Eve Matheson, and Dobbin was Simon Dormandy. Amelia was Rebecca Saire. †I haven't heard of any of these actors - I think shows are always better with unknown actors so the audience are seeing the characters rather than the actors.

I do have favourite actors I will watch in whatever film or TV role they are playing. However I do agree that when a classic novel is being adapted for the screen a new face helps to enhance the characterisation one has created in our own imagination.


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Ann



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading Alison Weir's new biography of Elizabeth of York  - the wife of Henry Vll, daughter of Edward lV and mother of Henry Vlll. She is a very readable historian and I saw her speak about the book at Cheltenham Literary Festival.



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