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Daniel Deronda (DVD) (Repackaged)
George Eliot's accomplished but underrated last novel is effectively, often stirringly, adapted for this 2002 BBC production, which was scripted by old pro Andrew Davies (Middlemarch) and directed with wit and subtlety by Tom Hooper (Cold Feet). Set in the 1870s, Eliot's story concerns two strong-willed young people whose self-determination is under attack by legal constraints on their rights to an inheritance. The noble Daniel (Hugh Dancy) is of dubious birth; the fiery Gwendolen (Romola Garai) can't possess her late father's estate because she's a woman. They are sympathetic to one another, but not lovers: Gwendolen is obliged to marry into wealth and becomes an unhappy bride of the scoundrel Grandcourt (Hugh Bonneville), while Daniel must sort out his feelings about the much-maligned "Jewess," the beautiful Mirah. Despite Garai's somewhat questionable casting, this lengthy drama--evenly divided between the two leads--never lags in insight or passion. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I only wish we could watch this movie in the second Canadian official language.Published 10 months ago by Guillaume Tell
I have just given this D.V.D. to a friend from ISRAEL who has recently come to Canada.
This is a spiritual story and deeply moving.
The story kept one's full attention. The actors were awesome. The scenery was fantastik. I always enjoy a story that has a surprise and this one sure did. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2013 by Louise Bowolin
I wasn't sure what to expect with this story. I hadn't seen it on TV prior to purchasing the DVD but I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2010 by caseygirl
I don't see that much attraction between Daniel and Mirah, so Daniel's sudden "enlightenment" as a Jew made him realize he loved Mirah who is a Jewess in the movie is... Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by Falling Maple