Love in a Cold Climate
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|Contributor||Katrine Dudley, John Light, Zoe Waites, Kate Harwood, Larry Smith, Jane Tranter, Sara Weymouth, John Wood, Rebecca Eaton, Christian Coulson, Chris Gill, Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, John Hopkins, Daniel Evans, Rosamund Pike, Megan Dodds, Samuel Labarthe, Pippa Harris, Javier Alcina See more|
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Based on Nancy Mitfords beloved novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climatepart thinly-veiled memoir, part biting satire, and part fascinating window on a vanished way of lifethis witty drama from the BBC follows the romantic adventures of three young aristocrats in the decade between the wars.
Starring British acting legends Alan Bates (Gosford Park), Celia Imrie (Bridget Joness Diary), Sheila Gish (Mansfield Park), and Anthony Andrews (Brideshead Revisited), with young stars Rosamund Pike (Die Another Day), Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh (Bertie and Elizabeth), and Megan Dodds (Malice Aforethought). Providing an authentic backdrop are several English castles and country houses, including Batsford Park, home of the Mitford family from 1916 to 1919.
Love in a Cold Climate, Deborah Moggach's efficient 155-minute adaptation of Nancy Mitford's two best-known novels, hits an entirely appropriate balance between the comic and the sentimentally tragic. Viewpoint figure Fanny (Rosamund Pike) observes from her happy marriage the complicatedly messy lives of her two closest friends, Polly (Megan Dodds) and Linda (Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh). Polly escapes from a mother jealous of her beauty into a marriage that gets her disinherited and leaves her ultimately alone when her husband falls for the pretty male cousin who has supplanted her; Linda falls in turn for an Anglo-German banker, a posh young Communist who ships her off to the Spanish Civil War, and a brilliant doomed French aristocrat. Mingled with this sweet-sour material is the memorable comic relief: Linda's monstrous father and world-weary mother, the eccentric and affectionate Lord Merlin (John Wood) and Fanny's long-absent mother, the Bolter (Frances Barber). This has everything we expect from a BBC serial--excellent casting, a strong sense of period, and fast-paced direction. --Roz Kaveney
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Media Format : Color, NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 30 minutes
- Release date : September 27, 2005
- Actors : Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Javier Alcina, Rosamund Pike, Megan Dodds, Sara Weymouth
- Producers : Jane Tranter, Kate Harwood, Katrine Dudley, Pippa Harris, Rebecca Eaton
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
- Studio : Acorn Media
- ASIN : B000A6T1W2
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #60,045 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It does exactly what a period piece is supposed to do which is to transport you to another time and place. The scenery is just gorgeous, and the wardrobes are simply beautiful ("I love the 30's and the 40's.") The cast was perfect (except for the casting of "One" the actor was not aristocratic enough for the part. which is really too bad, because it is such a plummy role.) The script is very good even if some of the morays of these 1940's english aristocrats would not go over to well today. But, if you don't take it too seriously it's really just great fun, enjoy!
I love the way the British have of building a good story around life in the war years - Frank Capra was an amateur in comparison. This story is full of humour but also pathos and warmth - the good with the bad - the sweet with the sour.
Some of the characters changed and adapted and came though it - others did not.
The casting was excellent, the period was perfectly represented and the stories were faithful to the books, so, having enjoyed the books immensely I consider this production a real treat.
The only drawbacks I can think of are the fast pace and the fact that a lot of the humor of the books didn't make it into the adaptation.
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The outfits and set were wonderful, the casting was perfect (highlights being Celia Imrie as Aunt Sadie and Elisabeth Dermot Walsh as Linda) and I thought it had been very well cut down from the books.
I have seen on some other reviews reference to the 1980 version, I have not seen this version so I cannot comment however this version was really very good and would encourage me to watch the earlier version for comparison.
Would recommend highly to anyone thinking of buying, a very enjoyable day of watching!