"This excellent 6 part miniseries of WM Thackeray's masterpiece really delivers!". - Amazon Review (5 Stars)
Duration: 6 hours
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Vanity Fair is a stylish and fast-moving adaptation of Thackeray's great novel. There's a razor-sharp script from costume-drama adaptation king, Andrew Davies, and great performances from a stellar cast of character actors including Frances Grey, David Bradley, Miriam Margolyes and the drop-dead gorgeous Natasha Little as Becky Sharp (who was disgracefully relegated to a bit part in the dismal Hollywood film of the novel).
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Though not the most ambitious British TV adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's 19th century novel Vanity Fair, this six-part BBC1 version was arguably the most expensive and elaborate.
Natasha Little was cast as scheming country lass Becky Sharp, who managed to climb to the top of the British social ladder during and after the Napoleonic Wars, leaving a trail of broken hearts, betrayed friendships, and shattered reputations in her wake. Somehow, however, Becky always manages to land on her feet.
Debuting in Britain on November 1, 1998, Vanity Fair subsequently aired as part of the American public TV Masterpiece Theatre anthology beginning October 24, 1999.
The six hour miniseries has sufficient time to present the classic tale of the socially adroit, cunning, and beguiling Becky Sharp's rise from lowly governess to lofty aristocrat with depth, detail, and attention to the many characters and side stories swirling around her.
Given it's British pedigree, the film recreates the period with fidelity from beautiful country vistas to dank squalor; from stately manors to Gothic mansions; from handsome gentlemen to grotesque lechers; from elegant gowns to threadbare cloaks; etc.
Natasha Little makes a superb centerpiece though her fellow actors are equally well cast and competent in their roles.
Vanity Fair should be time well spent for anyone into Victorian period fare, especially comedy/dramas, the works of W.M. Thackeray, or fans of the players. [/quote]
[quote] Finally on DVD...(5 Stars)
The long overdue release of the Marc Munden's quirky production of Thackeray's Vanity Fair is something to celebrate.
After the unsatisfying big screen adaptation by Mira Nair in 2004, this version with its jarringly beautiful score and precise characterisations from Natasha Little, Frances Grey, David Bradley and Miriam Margolyes, to name but a few, is a welcome antidote to the brighter and more firmly mainstream BBC adaptations of other 19th century novels such as Wives and Daughters and Middlemarch.
Munden takes Andrew Davies' script and confidently stamps it with his own vision, which is by turns viciously bitter or brightly comic yet marvellously consistent with the novel.
This underrated series is one of the best of the BBC's literary adaptations.[/quote]
[quote] The BBC comes up with the Goods!... (5 Stars)
This excellent 6 part miniseries of WM Thackeray's masterpiece really delivers.
Natasha Little has the right mixture of beauty and guile to convince as Becky Sharp. Nothing is overplayed in her superb central performance.
The rest of the roles are perfectly cast too. Any fan of the book will not be disappointed.
The miniseries is stylishly filmed. Parade-like music captures the mood of the piece wonderfully. No one quite does period drama like the BBC![/quote]
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