Bleak House

Bleak House

Blu-ray Disc - 2009
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Two innocent young orphans are the potential heirs to a fortune. Their fates are snarled in a monumental legal battle known as Jarndyce and Jarndyce. Another orphan, Esther Summerson, has mysterious parentage that proves to be intertwined with the fate of the Jarndyce wards and the aloof Lady Dedlock. Lady Dedlock faces the revelation of her dark past once Mr. Tulkinghorn catches wind of it. The icily beautiful Esther's background also comes to light after the murder of a strange man. The story winds through the legal system to heartbreaking domestic drama to a murder investigation to near-Gothic horror.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : BBC Video, 2009.
Edition: Blu-ray edition.
ISBN: 9781419875120
Characteristics: 3 Blu-ray discs (465 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.


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Jul 06, 2009

(From the 2005 Masterpiece Theatre season.) Once upon a time, a man named John Jarndyce made a will. Actually, he made a few wills, and the case deciding which will gives what amount of money to which heir is still in court. Against the background of this seemingly unending courtroom drama, the lives of those at the heart of the case play out. The current John Jarndyce (descendant of the original) takes the case?s young wards, Ada Clare and Richard Carstone, into his almost-too-kind-to-be-true kind care. Compassionate young Esther Summerson longs to know her true identity. And beautiful, mysterious Lady Dedlock guards her deep, dark secret. Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as skeptical Scully on The X-Files, does a remarkable dramatic turn keeping her emotions in check as Lady Dedlock, with Charles Dance playing her--and everyone else?s--coldhearted nemesis Mr. Tulkinghorn. But the real star of the film is Anna Maxwell Martin, who plays Esther with a charm and intelligence that makes her the true heroine of the story. If you feel inspired to open up the book after (or instead of) watching the mysterious, suspenseful, absorbing film adaptation, Penguin Classics published a movie tie-in edition of Bleak House (which Dickens? wrote in 1853), complete with a cover image of elegant Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock.

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