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‘Little Women’ (2019) Movie — Masterfully Crafted & Shot, And Yes, Heartwarming Too.

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The 2017 U.K. BBC produced 2-part TV mini-series
shown on PBS ‘Masterpiece Theatre’ this last Summer.


The cinematography & production was masterful. A visual treat. The quality of the imagery was breathtaking. That is what saved this long (i.e., 2-hour, 10-minute) movie for I. I was just totally taken in by the artistry.

Of course we all know the story — though I, who didn’t grow up in the U.S. — had not read the book. But, I had seen the TV series — just this last Summer. And therein lay the problem. It was déjà vu repeated (SMILE). The BBC production, in terms of quality, was not that dissimilar. Watch the YouTube trailers above. Different casts, though as equally good I think, but very similar — and the ‘Masterpiece Theatre‘ showing had the advantage that it came in two-parts.

The movie is long. Teischan (13) who wanted to see it, though she had seen the PBS version, said that she got bored! Not good. But, 85% of that was that we had just seen the other less than 6-months ago. Our fault.

So, first and foremost. IF you saw the PBS version wait until this movie is available on ‘TV’. Go see something else. There is no shortage of decent movies right now.

IF you haven’t seen the PBS version I am sure you will LOVE this movie. Great story and the movie is immaculately produced. It cannot be faulted on its own — just when compared to the other production from just 2-years ago. Why you would spend all this money to make a movie when the BBC had done a TV version, basically in the same timeframe, is a mystery.

But, overall, I enjoyed it. So, I have given you the parameters.

Enjoy. Happy New Year.


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“Mrs Wilson” On PBS “Masterpiece” Is Kind Of Different, But Very Watchable.

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Appears that complete episodes are available on YouTube
for free.


We saw the trailer on PBS, multiple times, though we couldn’t garner much from it. But, it was a “Masterpiece” and that meant I recorded it automatically.

We watched 90-minutes of Episode 1 that aired last night.

We liked it, though it was NOT what we were expecting. Not lavish drama. But, interesting and intriguing. Definitely captivates you.

We will finish it tomorrow and we are already looking forward to the next episode.

Wanted to make sure I shared it with you.

Check it out. PBS will air it at least once this week (most likely on Saturday) and it is available online.


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With “Vanity Fair” Amazon Prime Video Sets Out To Compete With PBS “Masterpiece”.

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We have so far watched episode 1 and most of episode 2. It is very good, indeed. Lavishly and painstakingly produced. Visually very pleasing.

Compelling story too. No, I had not read William Makepeace Thackeray’s book (alas). Classic mid-19th century period drama. Reminded me of “Howards End“, “Importance of being Earnest” & “Wuthering Heights”.

Definitely worth watching. Very rewarding.

I am glad that I got an e-mail from Prime giving me a heads-up on the availability of this series.

So, now I am passing this on. A ‘Prime Original’. Money well spent by Amazon. Bravo.


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The New “The Miniaturist” Series On PBS Is Sure Worthy Of The “Masterpiece” Appellation.

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Click image to access the PBS homepage for this gripping new series.


Click to access the Amazon listing for the 2015 Book.


It is NOT biographical BUT the dollhouse exists. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petronella_Oortman


Over three decades PBSMasterpiece Theatre‘ has rarely, if ever, disappointed I. So, when I happened to see the trailer for ‘The Miniaturist’ I took note. I recorded it on Sunday and watched it today.

It is definitely worthy of being labeled ‘Masterpiece’. It was gripping from the start.

Yes, given that it is set in Amsterdam, in the same timeframe, it will remind you of ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring‘ (the 2003 movie). This is better. So, just before writing this I did some research and found what I shared with you before. Not a true story, out-and-out. But, the people and the actual dollhouse are real. Then there is divergence. But, it is OK.

Helps if you know a tad about Calvinism and its hold on The Netherlands in the 17th century. But, not appreciating the subtleties will not detract.

I enjoyed it, immensely. Highly recommend it. It is PBS, so you should be able to catch the episode, on air during this week, on the Web.


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“The Durrells In Corfu” Season 2 Is Now On PBS — And Episode 1 Was Compelling.

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We enjoyed Season 1, though I was disappointed that it was NOT a straight adaptation of “My Family and Other Animals” — a book I read, in Ceylon, when I was about 12 and just loved. I went onto read many of Gerald’s books and become a great fan of his, though I really should (as part of my bucket list read at least one of Larry’s ).

It was cute, funny, appealing, culturally elucidating — and sumptuously filmed and produced.

Watched Season 2 Episode 1. It was good. Kept you fully engaged throughout and had lots of humor.

If you missed it, I think you can catch that episode online or on YouTube.


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The NEW PBS Masterpiece Theatre “The Collection” Might Not Be Everybody’s Cup Of Tea.

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It may be a tad too dark, intense and ‘adult in bits’ for some. Definitely not ‘Downton Abbey‘.

If you like that period, Paris, 1940s photography and some LUSCIOUS 2017 videography with the most vivid reds you are ever likely to see, this will appeal (though there may still be scenes that you might not appreciate).

Given all the time I have spent in Paris (which means that most of the places shown are familiar) and my familiarity with French/Paris history during and after WW II (much of it learnt from the excellent book “Is Paris Burning?“, I found it interesting. All loved the scenes of the American photographer using a Rolleiflex to take black-and-white images.

If you are into this stuff you might want to give it a try.


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British CLASSIC “My Family And Other Animals” By Gerald Durrell Starting On PBS This Sunday, October 16, 2016.

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WOW. WOW. WOW!

Rejoice!


One of my favorite books ever, and I plan to steal a part of the title (as is VALID per copyright law) for one of my next books.

I was made to read this book, as part of my elocution(/English) classes, in Ceylon in the 1960s. I think I was about 12. I can still quote sentences from it! It made quite the impression and impact. I may have read it more than once. I still have a copy — though not the original I had in Ceylon.

I know the kids will LOVE it. So will YOU. This will put Corfu on the map.

Gerald Durrell is a tremendous writer and QUITE the MAN. One of my heroes. His brother is also a famous writer.

Do yourself a HUGE favor and DVR this.

You will THANK ME. 


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“Indian Summers” Season 2 This Sunday, September 11, 2016, On PBS, Right After “Churchill’s Secret”.

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We watched all of “Indian Summers” Season 1 though we weren’t that impressed with it. It was OK — but it could have been so much better given the setting and material. BUT, we will still record and watch Season 2.

Churchill’s Secret” that precedes it looks to be real good.


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PBS’ Fall 2016 “Masterpiece Theatre” Presentation “Churchill’s Secret” (From ITV) Looks Scrumptious!

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Click here to access the original PBS “Masterpiece” page.


There was a long trailer for this show at the end of the v. compelling first episode of “Dancing on the Edge“.

It is no secret that I am a huge and unashamed ‘Winston Churchill‘ devotee (who even had a big Golden named ‘Winston‘). I, having read many biographies of the Great Man (irrespective of what he felt about us brown (half-naked) fakirs), I was aware of this unfortunate episode of his life. The dramatization, focusing, of course, on his recovery, looked excellent. Can’t wait.

I will keep you posted. This is indeed something to look forward to when the Summer is over.


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