Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

DVD - 2009
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Arthur Clennam returns to London after several years abroad and becomes curious about his mother's seamstress, Amy Dorrit. His interest leads him to the Marshalsea Prison where he learns about hardship in 1820s England.
Publisher: [London] : BBC Video ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, c2009
ISBN: 9781419880674
1419880675
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Littl 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (ca. 452 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in containers

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jonnybroom
Dec 20, 2018

A brilliant adaptation of a big and important novel. For those who like lessons: vanity is exposed, avarice is punished and kindness and love prevail. But the characters are what bring it to life. Claire Foy and Tom Courtenay as Little Dorrit and her father are splendid, and Andy Serkis, after slithering about as Gollum in “Lord of the Rings,” gives us a chilling portrait of the scoundrel Rigaud. Anyone familiar with BBC productions will recognize many other faces in the fine cast. The production renders 1830s London—and Venice—in vivid detail. Even if you’ve read “Little Dorrit,” this will enrich your imagination and touch your heart.

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rain_chalice
Nov 14, 2018

I didn't know this particular story of Dickens's but was amazed all over again at the wisdom and integrity portrayed in this drama. Fabulous characters and characterizations by many of the actors. Good stuff!

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posmith
Aug 11, 2017

What a star-studded series with superb performances from many familiar faces I had come to know from watching other British series.

The intriguing story also provided me with some insight into the life of residences in debtor's prison that I wasn't aware before.

Having read the previous reviewer's comment on the quality of the discs, I cleaned all the discs before watching them. There were only a couple of hiccups but no major disruptions.

I had given up re-reading A Tale of Two Cities earlier on in the year and thought that would be the end of my relationship with Charles Dickens. But this TV series has renewed my interests in his work.

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kpelish
May 17, 2017

Usual BBC high-quality production. Dickens deftly portrays class struggles, family secrets, byzantine bureaucracy, effects of long-term imprisonment and sudden riches, and whether true love is really possible. This is a long story (4 DVDs) with multiple plot lines and well-developed characters; at times the wide-eyed, good girl Amy seemed too saintly to be true. Poignant portrayal of a post-stroke victim and also a business man caught in a financial bubble. The French villain is nicely, murderously played, and Amy's sister is tartly observant as she social climbs, in contrast to Amy's sensitivity.

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ba_library
Jan 06, 2017

Great adaptation of the Dickens classic. The show is 14 half hour episodes - the book itself is even longer (as I remember). Contains the classic, colorful Dickens characters. Little Dorrit is the youngest Dorrit daughter (Amy) born and raised in the Marshalsea debtors prison in London. She obtains a job with a family who has a secret past that come back to haunt them. The old lady who hires Dorrit has a son who believes his family past may have affected the Dorrits. He undertakes to resolve the situation and becomes involved with the Dorrits. Good adaptation, I think I may have to read the book again to to figure out some of the characters and their motives and actions. Great viewing if you can set aside some time to get involved in the story and the characters.

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thinkson15
Nov 12, 2015

LOVE!

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IV27HUjg
Jul 07, 2015

It is helpful to read a synopsis first, otherwise my favorite Dickens book put to screen. An all-star cast of brilliant actors produced in 2008 & watch their earlier careers. Alun Armstrong's best as the growling butler. Claire Foy as Amy Dorrit (Wolf Hall.) Judy Parfitt (Call the Midwife.) Tom Courtnay (Dr. Zhivago.) On & on. Dickens portrayal of Brit class system in 1850's is spot on & explanatory of social ills & inequality. "Office of Circumlocution" applies to present conditions.

LadySugar May 02, 2014

I wish I could watch more movie series like this, they just dont make them this good anymore! This was clean excellence. I enjoy british dramas with an air of suspense to it. I was not disappointed, it was very well done and highly entertaining. (I was sad when it ended)

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primojalapeno
May 01, 2013

bbc does it again. i love their adaptations. excellent in every way. i've watched it numerous times. well done!

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AKesek
Jan 22, 2013

Amazing! Watched it straight through and I will definitely watch again in the near future.

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