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Parade's End (1964)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treat With Almonds June 15 2014
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The BBC's 1964 production of Parade's End is certainly worth the cost of admission based purely on its own merits, and quite apart from the fun of comparing it to the BBC/HBO 2012 mini-series. Naturally, the older model comes from a time when television drama owed more to live theatre than to the cinema, when stagecraft played a more important role in television drama than camera tricks and post-production effects. There is something to be said in favour of both of course. And that's what makes the comparison of Parade's End old with Parade's End new interesting, notwithstanding that each boasts an excellent cast and that the strength of each is the quality of the acting. Two of Sylvia Tietjens may just be two too many but Jeanne Moody and Rebecca Hall each bring something uniquely disturbing to the role. Both Adelaide Clemens and Judi Dench are heartbreaking Valentine Wannops, each bringing her own sensitivity and strength to the part. The extra benefit in revisiting such a gem as the 1964 Parade's End, with or without the comparison to the newer version, is the chance to see the wonderful Dame Judi in the early days of her brilliant career, long before she was James Bond's mum.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star July 28 2014
The absolute worst DVD ever.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie - Black and white May 24 2013
By Debbie
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It's an old black and white movie but shows Judi Densch when she was a young woman. There is a newer version of this movie but it's not out yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Three Part Production From 1964: A Young Judi Dench Plays In A Romantic Triangle Set Against A World War I Backdrop March 14 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
As a part of the British series "Theater 625," a three part adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's "Parade's End" was produced and aired in 1964. An epic tale of love, scandal, marriage, and war, the original publications were actually a series of four novels released between 1924-28 that were pulled together and packaged under the new title of "Parade's End." The three parts (each approximately 90 minutes) of this miniseries are separated by the original book titles that they represented. You may be thinking that this is a rather random title to pop out of the BBC archives, but two things make this a surprisingly timely release. First, a young Judi Dench has one of the biggest female roles as a progressive who captures the heart and mind of the central character. She's the "good girl" of a romantic triangle set amidst the era of World War I. Secondly, BBC recently aired a 2012 adaptation of "Parade's End" written by Tom Stoppard and starring Benedict Cumberbatch. That production also recently aired in America on HBO.

The star of "Parade's End" is Ronald Hines, who plays Christopher Tietjens. Tietjens is an upright aristocrat trapped in a rather complicated marriage to Sylvia (Jeanne Moody). After establishing the unpleasantness of this pairing, the story has Tietjense meeting a free spirited suffragette (Dench). The remainder of the story follows these three principles, and assorted other characters, as they navigate a world ravaged by war.

Some Do Not..: In this introductory chapter, we meet the three central characters. As Tietjens attempts to be the proper gentleman in every circumstance, the cards seem stacked against him. Cuckolded by a vicious wife, intrigued by a new love, and trying to be a supportive friend, he finds himself in the middle of drama and scandal that is completely unwarranted. Playing off themes of class and gender, Tietjens is almost victimized by propriety and the results are very personal and devastating.

No More Parades: This episode deals primarily with Tietjens experiences in the war. As he gets stationed in France and later in Belgium, the conflict is just one more component in his constant struggle for understanding. Plagued by moral and social constraints, the war only compounds these concerns. It is almost a physical manifestation of an internal battle. While he will see some fighting, the biggest challenges still come from within.

A Man Could Stand Up: In the final installment, the war is over and Tietjens must return home. But into whose arms will he find himself? Dench steps up into a leading role for this piece which has Tietjens reconciling his past choices. The war and his recent experiences with Sylvia have really taken a toll, and his soul is battered and bruised. As he recounts the trauma, the confession serves as a catharsis. But is it too late to claim a new life?

I really enjoyed "Parade's End" for its grand storytelling. But as large as the tale may seem, it is really the journey of one man. Hines is strong and Dench is charming. But, for me, the most memorable role is the incomparable Jeanne Moody. A classic villain in many ways, Moody chews the scenery in almost every instance in a bold and fearless performance. I was concerned that this production would shy away from some of the unpleasantness inherent in the story (as it is from 1964), but it is still intact if not always graphically depicted. A nice staging, I'd definitely give this a look if you enjoy classic British drama. KGHarris, 3/12.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Judi's Parade June 1 2013
By Susan M. Shinn - Published on Amazon.com
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Judi Dench in her films and stage work is a wonderful boost to entertainment in these days of crime, dissection, and sex. While Judi does do a range of acting experiences, her early work really motivates me, and this is one of them.

I think you should try this one to compare hits like Shakespere In Love, or Mrs. Brown, or A Fine Romance. Those early films just prove how talented she is and give you an experience to remember.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judi Dench 1964 Dec 23 2013
By Maurice J. Dufilho III - Published on Amazon.com
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I had known of Ford Maddox Ford for years but never got any closer than a handful of literary references. I found the HBO's recent production (Tom Stoppard, Benedict Cuberbatch, Adelaide Clemens, Rebecca Hall, Roger Allam, etc.) fantastic. I played the old BBC dvds and found that this production held its own and even added a lot to the understanding of the characters and the storyline. The only problem was some annoyance with the strident music that introduced and concluded episodes. A funny thing--the captions must have been a later add-on; Valentine Wannop (or Chrissy?) is made to say: "What a savage land." Odd? Checked Ford on my Kindle. Should have been "Walter Savage Landor".

The emphasis was much more on trench warfare and its brutality than the HBO version--and very well done.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Parade's End Revisited Oct. 19 2013
By Harry Ricketts - Published on Amazon.com
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If you liked the recent, hugely enjoyable, Stoppard adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's great tetralogy, you might well want to compare it with the 1964 BBC version. The earlier, black and white, version is closer to the spirit of the novel than Stoppard's (less 'romantic', more jagged), and definitely compelling in its own way. Ronald Hines and Judy Dench are terrific as Christopher Tietjens and Valentine Wannop though, it has to be said, Jeanne Moody's Sylvia seems one-dimensional compared to Rebecca Hall's. Neither version, perhaps predictably, tackles the fascinating but 'difficult' fourth book of the sequence.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Feb. 13 2014
By Ray Proietti - Published on Amazon.com
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A double history lesson: first a look at the turn of the 20 century through the eyes of a WWI English vet in Ford Maddox Ford, and then a look at English film adaptation coming into its own, not to mention Judy Dench at most charming, innocent and beautiful. A great look at stage actors moving over to screen before they go on to legendary status.
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