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Title The Henry James collection / British Broadcasting Corporation
Published [England] : BBC WorldWide : distributed by 2 Entertain Video, [2009]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  791.4375 Jam/Hjc  AVAILABLE
Description 7 DVDs (852 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet
Contents Disc 1. The American / produced by Fiona Finley ; writer, Michael Hastings ; directed by Paul Unwin (1998 ; ca. 84 min.) -- Disc 2-3 The portrait of a lady / produced by David Conroy ; adaptation by Jack Pulman ; directed by James Cellan Jones (1968 ; 264 min.) -- Disc 4. The spoils of Poynton / produced by Martin Lisemore ; written by Denis Constanduros, Henry James ; directed by Peter Sasdy (1970 ; ca. 169 min.) -- Disc 5. The wings of the dove / produced by Alan Shallcross ; dramatisation, Denis Constanduros ; directed by John Gorrie (1979 ; ca. 81 min.) -- Disc 6-7. The golden bowl / produced by Martin Lisemore ; written by Henry James, Jack Pulman ; directed by James Cellan Jones (1972 ; ca. 257 min.)
Summary The American: American Christopher Newman is smart, educated and rich. He is a Civil War veteran and a self made tycoon who goes to Europe to see the 'treasures and entertain' himself. He meets Claire and after the fifth meeting he asks her to marry him
The portrait of a lady: Isabel Archer is a beautiful, spirited American who is brought to Europe by her wealthy Aunt Touchett. It is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel is resolved to determine her own fate and she does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors. Then she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Gilbert Osmond, who, beneath his veneer of charm and cultivation, is cruelty itself
The spoils of Poynton: Mrs. Gareth is the widowed chatelaine of Poynton. She is fighting to keep her house with its priceless objets d'art from her son Owen and his lovely, but utterly philistine fiancee. When she discovers that her young friend Fleda Vetch is secretly in love with Owen, she thrusts Fleda into the battle line. The power struggle between the three women leaves Owen vacillating. Fleda risks betraying, and being betrayed by, all that she holds most dear
The wings of the dove: Kate Croy and Merton Densher are engaged in a passionate, clandestine love affair. Croy is desperately in love with Densher, but he lacks money, making him unsuitable as a mate. By chance, Croy befriends Milly Theale, a young American heiress. When Croy discovers that Theale suffers from a mysterious and fatal malady, she hatches a plan that can give all three something that they want, but at a price
The golden bowl: Wealthy American widower Adam Verver and his daughter Maggie live in Europe. They collect art and relish each other's company. Maggie becomes engaged to Amerigo, an Italian prince in reduced circumstances. Maggie and Amerigo marry, and later, after Charlotte and Adam have also wed, both spouses learn of the ongoing affair. Not until Maggie buys the gilded crystal bowl as a birthday present for Adam does truth crack the veneer of propriety
Notes Aspect ratio: 16:9 The Americal, 4:3 all others
Distributed in Australia by Roadshow Entertainment
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Based on the novels by Henry James
Performer The American cast: Diana Rigg, Matthew Modine
The portrait of a lady cast: Suzanne Neve, Edward Fox, Richard Chamberlain
The spoils of Poynton cast: Gemma Jones, Ian Ogilvy, Diane Fletcher
The wings of the dove cast: Elizabeth Spriggs, Betsy Blair, John Castle
The golden bowl cast: Daniel Massey, Barry Morse, Cyril Cusack
Notes Rated: M, infrequent violence and sex scene
NTSC Region 4, dual layer ABC DVD
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Available to Deakin staff and students only
Subject Rich people -- United States -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- England -- Drama.
Americans -- England -- Drama.
Archer, Isabel (Fictitious character) -- Drama.
Women -- Conduct of life -- Drama.
Mothers and sons -- England -- Drama.
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Drama.
Inheritance and succession -- Drama.
Fathers and daughters -- Drama.
Bowls (Tableware) -- Drama.
Europe -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Drama.
Genre/Form Historical films.
Made-for-TV movies.
Video recordings.
Author James, Henry, 1811-1882.
British Broadcasting Corporation.
BBC Worldwide Ltd.
2 Entertain Video (Firm)
Other Titles Henry James classics collection