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The Anthony Trollope Collection [6 Discs] [DVD]

Release Date:11/01/2005
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    Special Features

    • The Barchester Chronicles:
    • Middle England's Marvel (commemorative profile of Peterborough Cathedral as it celebrated its 750th anniversary in 1989
    • Author biographies
    • The Way We Live Now:
    • Cast background and biographies
    • He Knew He Was Right:
    • The Two Loves of Anthony Trollope (an hour-long dramatized biography of the writer)
    • Biographies of the cast and crew
    • Closed Captioned


    The Way We Live Now
    The six-part British miniseries The Way We Live Now was adapted from the satirical 1875 novel by Anthony Trollope. The central character was Augustus Melmotte (David Suchet), a mysterious international financier of questionable parentage. Invading the uppermost circles of Victorian society, Melmotte inveigled a considerable number of prominent Londoners in a spectacular get-rich-quick scheme. Among those involved were the Carburys, an aristocratic but cash-poor family anxious to recoup their fortunes by whatever means necessary. Details essential to the plot include the somewhat one-sided romance between Melmotte's rebellious daughter Marie (Shirley Henderson) and caddish Sir Felix Cadbury (Matthew MacFadyen), the exploits of an American adventuress (Miranda Otto) with a predilection for shooting her lovers, and a high-born author of trashy romance novels. Though written in the late 19th century, the story line had a queasily contemporary significance to those burned by such financial peccadillos as the Enron scandal in the early 21st century. Originally telecast by the BBC beginning November 11, 2001, The Way We Live Now was shown in America (as a four-parter) on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre starting April 1, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    He Knew He Was Right
    When Louis and Emily Trevalyan exchanged wedding vows on a day that seemed to mark the beginning of a blissful union, little could they foresee the trials that would face them in their first year of marriage. As Anthony Trollepe slowly peels away the layers of Victorian propriety, a variety of colorful characters are revealed, including a colonel of questionable morals who makes unwholesome advances to the newlywed bride. As the fans that fuel Louis' jealousy soon give way to a raging inferno, the dejected groom rejects his wife and newborn son leading to a tragic bid to destroy everything in the world that he loves. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    The Barchester Chronicles
    Adapted from a series of novels by Anthony Trollope, the Masterpiece Theatre production of The Barchester Chronicles features Donald Pleasence as Reverend Harding. Scandal taints the town of Barchester after the local church becomes the object of a scathing investigative report about the use of church funds. The husbands of Harding's daughters are feuding with each other and each manipulates Harding for their individual purposes. A change in church leadership brings Harding into contact with Reverend Obadiah Slope (Alan Rickman), an unpleasant man who may be hiding some deep secrets. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • David Suchet
      David Suchet - Augustus Melmotte
    • Matthew MacFadyen
      Matthew MacFadyen - Sir Felix Carbury
    • Paloma Baeza
      Paloma Baeza - Hetta Carbury
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      Cheryl Campbell - Lady Carbury
    • Shirley Henderson
      Shirley Henderson - Marie Melmotte

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