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"THE BARCHESTER CHRONICLES" (1982) Review

Back in 1982, the BBC turned to 19th century लेखक Anthony Trollope for a seven-part miniseries called ”THE BARCHESTER CHRONICLES”. The miniseries was based upon the author’s first two Barchester novels about the Church of England.

Directed द्वारा David Giles and written द्वारा Alan Plater, ”THE BARCHESTER CHRONICLES” is an adaptation of ”The Warden” (1855) and ”Barchester Towers” (1857). The novels focused upon the the dealings and social maneuverings of the clergy and gentry literature concern the dealings of the clergy and the gentry that...
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"THE YOUNG VICTORIA" (2009) Review

About a साल या so before his लोकप्रिय टेलीविज़न series, "DOWNTON ABBEY" hit the airwaves, Julian Fellowes served as screenwriter to the lavish biopic about the early life and reign of Britain's क्वीन Victoria called "THE YOUNG VICTORIA". The 2009 movie starred Emily Blunt in the शीर्षक role and Rupert Friend as the Prince Consort, Prince Albert.

"THE YOUNG VICTORIA" began during the last years in the reign of King William IV, Victoria's uncle. Acknowledge as the अगला ruler of Britain, Victoria became the target of a political tug-of-war between her mother,...
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Below is a review of "THE BLACK DAHLIA", the 2006 adaptation of James Ellroy's 1987 novel:


"THE BLACK DAHLIA" (2006) Review

Judging from the reactions among moviegoers, it seemed quite obvious that director Brian DePalma’s adaptation of James Ellroy’s 1987 novel had disappointed them. The ironic thing is that I do not share their feelings.

A good number of people – including a relative of mine – have told me that they had expected "THE BLACK DAHLIA" to be a docudrama of the infamous 1947 murder case. Others had expected the movie to be an epic-style crime drama similar to the 1997 Academy...
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"ATONEMENT" (2007) Review

Based upon Ian McEwan’s 2001 novel, "ATONEMENT" told the story about how the lies and misunderstandings of 13-year-old girl from a nouveau-riche English family affected the romance between her older sister and the son of the family’s housekeeper. The movie starred James McAvoy, Keira Knightely and Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan.

Comprised in four parts (like the novel), "ATONEMENT" began with the 13 year-old Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan), an aspiring novelist with a crush on Robbie Turner (James McAvoy), the son of the family’s housekeeper. Robbie, along with...
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"WAR AND PEACE" (2016) Review

I have a confession to make. I have never seen a movie या टेलीविज़न adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's 1869 novel, "War and Peace". Never. Well . . . I once made an attempt to watch the 1956 movie adaptation directed द्वारा King Vidor. Unfortunately, I could never go the distance. In fact, I have never read the novel.

However, many years passed. When I heard about the BBC's latest adaptation of Tolstoy's novel, my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to give "WAR AND PEACE" a chance. The six-part miniseries is simply about the experiences of five Russian families during...
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"ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO" (1953) Review

Years ago, I used to watch a great deal of old फिल्में on late night television. My two प्रिय channels that offered these फिल्में were Turner Network टेलीविज़न (TNT) and the American फिल्में Classic (AMC), which used to air फिल्में without any commercial breaks. On TNT, I had stumbled across a Western movie originally released द्वारा MGM Studios in 1953 called "ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO" (1953) and fell in प्यार with it. After watching my recently purchased DVD copy of the movie, I could see why it became a प्रिय of mine.

Directed द्वारा John Sturges during the...
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"MIDDLEMARCH" (1994) Review

Many years have passed since I first saw "MIDDLEMARCH", the 1994 BBC adaptation of George Eliot's 1871 novel. Many years. I recalled enjoying it . . . somewhat. But it had failed to leave any kind of impression upon me. Let me revise that. At least two performances left an impression upon me. But after watching the miniseries for the सेकंड time, after so many years, I now realize I should have paid closer attention to the production.

Directed द्वारा Anthony Page and adapted for टेलीविज़न द्वारा Andrew Davies, "MIDDLEMARCH" told the story about a fictitious Midlands town...
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"THE SHADOW RIDERS" (1982) Review

When I first set out to discover how many of लेखक Louis L'Amour novels had been adapted for the फिल्में and television, I had assumed at least a handful had gone through this process. I was surprised to discover that many of his works had been adapted. And one of them turned out to be the 1982 टेलीविज़न movie, "THE SHADOW RIDERS".

I have only seen two L'Amour adaptations in my life - "THE SHADOW RIDERS" and the 1979 two-part miniseries, "THE SACKETTS". Both productions seemed to have a great deal in common. The two productions are adaptations of L'Amour (which...
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"BAND OF ANGELS" (1957) Review

I have been a प्रशंसक of period dramas for a long time. A very long time. This is only natural, considering that I am also a history buff. One of the topics that I प्यार to explore is the U.S. Civil War. When आप combined that topic in a period drama, naturally I am bound to get excited over that particular movie या टेलीविज़न production.

I have seen a good number of टेलीविज़न and movie productions about the United States' Antebellum period and the Civil War. One of those productions is "BAND OF ANGEL", an adaptation of Robert Warren Penn's 1955 novel set during the...
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”THE WINDS OF WAR” (1983) Review

Some forty-five years ago, लेखक Herman Wouk wrote ”The Winds of War”, a bestselling novel about the experiences of a middle-aged U.S. Navy officer and his family during the early years of World War II. A decade later, ABC टेलीविज़न and producer David Wolper brought his story to the टेलीविज़न screen with a seven-part, fourteen-and-a-half घंटा miniseries that became a ratings hit and a major Emmy and Golden Globe nominee.

Produced द्वारा Dan Curtis and Barbara Steele, and directed द्वारा Curtis; ”THE WINDS OF WAR” was a sprawling saga that told the story...
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"THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE" (2000) Review

I never saw "THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE" in the movie theaters when it was first released years ago. I have a low tolerance of sports फिल्में and there are only a few that I consider प्रिय of mine. Another reason why I never saw this film in the theaters is that my family simply had no desire to see it.

Based upon Steven Pressfield's 1995 novel and directed द्वारा Robert Redford, "THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE" was a box office flop. Worse, it had received mixed to negative reviews. Among the criticisms directed at the film was the accusation that the Bagger...
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It seems that Leo Tolstoy’s War & Peace («Война и миръ», Voyna i mir) novel is like the holy grail of every director who respects himself. It has been adapted for film, TV, opera, radio. आइ एम डी बी सूची 9 War and Peace adaptations including 2 silent films. The novel was first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of the world literature. It is considered Tolstoy’s finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work Anna Karenina (1873–1877).

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"INFAMOUS" (2006) Review

I have heard a lot about the two movie biographies based upon Truman Capote’s experiences, while working on his famous 1966 non-fiction novel, "In Cold Blood" – 2005's "CAPOTE" and "INFAMOUS", which hit movie theaters in the following year. But this review is about the सेकंड film . . . namely "INFAMOUS". Written and directed द्वारा Douglas McGrath, the movie starred Toby Jones as Truman Capote.

To be honest, I did not know what to expect of "INFAMOUS". Since it was the सेकंड Capote movie to be released, it failed to garner any prestigious critic awards या nominations...
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"RACE TO FREEDOM: THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD" (1994) Review

Many टेलीविज़न viewers and moviegoers might be surprised to learn that Hollywood had aired a good number of टेलीविज़न फिल्में that featured the topic of U.S. slavery. One of those फिल्में proved to be an offshoot of the 1977 miniseries, "ROOTS". However, another was the 1994 टेलीविज़न movie called "RACE TO FREEDOM: THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD".

The 1994 टेलीविज़न movie is a story about the Underground Railroad, a loose network of secret routes and सुरक्षित houses occasionally used द्वारा willing 19th-century slaves in the United States to escape...
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"THE BLUE AND THE GRAY" (1982) Review

In 1982, CBS टेलीविज़न aired a three-part miniseries about the experiences of two families during the Civil War. Sounds familiar? It should, for John Jakes had wrote something similar in three novels between 1982 and 1987 – namely the "NORTH AND SOUTH" Trilogy. Jakes’ novels were adapted for टेलीविज़न in 1985, 1986 and 1994. However this miniseries was produced द्वारा Larry White and Lou Reda. And despite the mildly similar theme to the "NORTH AND SOUTH" saga, there are some vast differences.

"THE BLUE AND THE GRAY" had not been based upon any particular...
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"THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO" (1934) Review

I have seen only two versions of Alexandre Dumas père's 1845 novel, "The Count of Monte Cristo" in my past - the 1975 टेलीविज़न version with Richard Chamberlain and the 2002 डिज़्नी film with James Cavielzel. While पढ़ना a good number of लेखाए about the movie versions of the novel, I came across numerous praises for the 1934 adaptation that starred Robert Donat. And since I happened to like Dumas' story so much, I decided to see how much I would like this older version.

Set between the last months of the Napoleonic Wars and the 1830s, "THE COUNT...
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"A NIGHT TO REMEMBER" (1958) Review

There have been many versions about the April 1912 sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Many versions. And I have personally seen at least five of them. One of them happened to be the 1958 movie, "A NIGHT TO REMEMBER".

Directed द्वारा Roy Ward Baker, "A NIGHT TO REMEMBER" is based upon historian Walter Lord's 1955 book about the historical sinking. Since the 1958 movie was based upon a historical book instead of a novel, Baker, producer William MacQuitty and screenwriter Eric Ambler approached the film's plot in a semi-documentary style. Even the movie's leading character...
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"THE FOUR FEATHERS" (1939) Review

There have been seven versions of A.E.W. Mason’s 1902 novel, "The Four Feathers". At least three of them were silent films. In 1939, British producer Alexander Korda released the first sound adaptation of the novel. This version was also the first one to be filmed in color. Directed द्वारा Korda’s brother, Zoltan Korda, "THE FOUR FEATHERS" starred John Clements, June Duprez, Ralph Richardson and C. Aubrey Smith.

Not only was this version of ”THE FOUR FEATHERS” the first to feature both sound and color, it is regarded द्वारा many as the best adaptation of Mason’s...
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"THE JOURNEY OF AUGUST KING" (1995) Review

When the 1995 adaptation of John Ehle's 1971 novel, "The Journey of August King" hit the theaters, it barely made a flicker in the consciousness of moviegoers. In a way, I could see why.

"THE JOURNEY OF AUGUST KING" begins with widowed farmer August King traveling through the hills of western North Carolina in the spring of 1815, after selling his produce, making a final payment on his land, and purchasing goods at the local markets. During his journey, he learns about a hunt for an escaped slave. August eventually comes across the slave - a 17 year-old...
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Below is my review of the 1979 टेलीविज़न miniseries called ”THE SACKETTS”:


”THE SACKETTS” (1979) Review

Thirty years ago, CBS aired a two-part miniseries (or टेलीविज़न movie) based upon two novels written द्वारा the late Louis L’Amour. Directed द्वारा Robert Totten, ”THE SACKETTS” starred Sam Elliot, Tom Selleck and Jeff Osterhage as the three Sackett brothers.

”THE SACKETTS” told the story of Tell (Elliot), Orrin (Selleck) and Tyrel (Osterhage) Sackett and their efforts to make new lives for themselves in the post-Civil War West. Screenwriter Jim Byrnes took two novels about the...
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