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"KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES" (1953) Review

Twentieth-Century fox, mbweha was never a studio that I would associate with sinema about the British Empire. Mind you, the studio had released several during the period between its formation in 1935 and the 1953 release of "KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES". Yet . . . it never seemed to produce many productions on European imperialism in compare to studios like Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Just recently, I watched "KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES" and discovered that it was a remake of John Ford's 1929 adventure film, "THE BLACK WATCH". And...
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"AND THEN THERE WERE NONE" (2015) Review

Ever since I gave up kusoma the "NANCY DREW" novels at the age of thirteen, I have been a shabiki of those written kwa Agatha Christie. And that is a hell of a long time. In fact, my fandom toward Christie's novels have extended toward the film and televisheni adaptations. Among those stories that have captured my imagination were the adaptations of the author's 1939 novel, "AND THEN THERE WERE NONE".

To be honest, I have seen at least three adaptations of the 1939 novel - the 1945, 1966 and 1974 adaptations - before I had read the novel. Although I found...
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"POLDARK" SERIES ONE (2015): EPISODES FIVE TO EIGHT

Within the past year, I had developed a major interest in mwandishi Winston Graham's 1945-2002 "POLDARK" literary saga and the two televisheni adaptations of it. Series One of the sekunde adaptation produced kwa Debbie Horsfield, premiered on the BBC (in Great Britain) and PBS (in the United States) last year. Consisting of eight episodes, Series One of "POLDARK" was an adaptation of 1945's "Ross Poldark - A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787" and "Demelza - A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790".
Whereas Episodes One to Four adapted the 1945 novel, Episodes...
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"THE THREE MUSKETEERS" (1948) Review

There are times when I find myself amazed at the longevity of Alexandre Dumas' 1844 novel, "The Three Musketeers". The novel has been in circulation for nearly 170 years. Hollywood and other film industries have been adapting the novel for the sinema au televisheni for nearly a century. One adaptation I recently viewed was the Hollywood movie produced and released kwa MGM Studios in 1948.

We all know the story. A young Frenchman from Gascon sets out for Paris in the early 17th century to jiunge the King's Musketeers. During this journey, he meets a beautiful,...
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"LOUISIANA" (1984) Review

Thirty-four years ago, HBO had aired a three-part miniseries about the life and travails of a nineteenth century Southern belle named Virginia Tregan. The miniseries was called "LOUISIANA" and it starred Margot Kidder and Ian Charleson.

Directed kwa the late Philippe de Broca, "LOUISIANA" was based upon the "Fausse-Riviere" Trilogy, written kwa Maurice Denuzière, one of the screenwriters. It told the story of Virginia's ruthless devotion to her first husband's Louisiana cotton plantation called Bagatelle . . . and her upendo for the plantation's overseer, an Englishman...
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"THE MISSISSIPPI GAMBLER" (1953) Review

Tyrone Power's career took a strange turn during the post-World War II years. Although he still managed to maintain his position as one of Twentieth Century Fox's juu stars during the remainder of the 1940s, something happened as the 1950s dawned. Powers still found himself in Grade A sinema during that particular decade. But he also seemed to appear in a growing number of standard costume melodramas.

Twentieth Century fox, mbweha lent Powers to Universal Pictures to nyota in the 1953 drama called "THE MISSISSIPPI GAMBLER". Directed kwa Rudolph Maté, "THE MISSISSIPPI...
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Andrei, as usual, is weary of life. This guy seriously he was born disatisfied with life and sad. Well I guess it isn’t really strange with that crazy, patriarchal, selfish father and that annoying sister of his. However when he meets Natasha at the Rostov family nyumbani it’s like a fresh breath of life and obviously he fells in upendo with her. It’s absolutely natural that he feels drawn to her, since Natasha is so charming, pretty and full of life.

Lieutenant Berg, who is set to marry Vera Rostov, discusses the swali of her dowry with the Count and he is so much in upendo with her that...
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"PERSUASION" (1971) Review

This adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1818 novel turned out to be the first of the old Jane Austen televisheni adaptations that the BBC aired during the 1970s and 80s. Produced and directed kwa Howard Baker, and adapted kwa Julian Mitchell; this two-part miniseries starred Ann Firbanks and Bryan Marshall.

As many mashabiki of Austen’s novel would know, "PERSUASION" told the story of Anne Elliot, the middle daughter of a vain and spendthrift baronet, who finds herself reunited with her former finance, a Naval officer of lesser birth named Frederick Wentworth. Eight years before...
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"THE JOURNEY OF AUGUST KING" (1995) Review

When the 1995 adaptation of John Ehle's 1971 novel, "The Journey of August King" hit the theaters, it barely made a flicker in the consciousness of moviegoers. In a way, I could see why.

"THE JOURNEY OF AUGUST KING" begins with widowed farmer August King traveling through the hills of western North Carolina in the spring of 1815, after selling his produce, making a final payment on his land, and purchasing goods at the local markets. During his journey, he learns about a hunt for an escaped slave. August eventually comes across the slave - a 17 year-old...
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"THE PRISONER OF ZENDA" (1937) Review

I realize that many film critics and mashabiki would agree with my suspicion that the 1930s saw a great deal of action films released to theaters. In fact, I believe there were as high number of actions films released back then as they are now. Among the type of action films that flourished during that era were swashbucklers.

One of the most famous Hollywood swashbucklers released during the 1930s was "THE PRISONER OF ZENDA", producer David O. Selznick's 1937 adaptation of Anthony Hope's 1894 novel. This tale of middle European political intrigue and identity...
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Below is my review of the 2004 BBC miniseries, "NORTH AND SOUTH", which is an adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's 1855 novel:


"NORTH AND SOUTH" (2004) Review

If someone had told me years zamani that I would find myself watching the 2004 BBC televisheni adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1855 novel, let alone purchase a DVD copy of the miniseries, I would have dismissed that person’s notion as inconceivable. I have never shown any awali interest in ”NORTH AND SOUTH”. And I am still baffled at how I suddenly became interested in it.

Mind you, I have been aware of the 2004 miniseries for the...
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"BLANCHE FURY" (1948) Review

I suspect that many mashabiki of costume dramas would be fascinated to know about the series of period dramas released kwa the British film industry during the post-World War II era. A good number of those films were released kwa a British film studio known as Gainsborough Pictures. But not all of them were released through this particular studio. Some were released through other studios au production companies . . . like the 1948 period drama, "BLANCHE FURY".

Based upon the 1939 novel written kwa Marjorie Bowen (under the pseudonym of Joseph Stearling), "BLANCHE FURY" told...
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"POLDARK" SERIES ONE (2015): EPISODES ONE TO FOUR

In the years between 2010 and 2015, I have not been able to stumble across a new British period drama that really impressed me. Five years. That is a hell of a long time for a nation with a sterling reputation for period dramas in both sinema and television. Fortunately, the five-year dry spell finally came to an end (at least for me) with the arrival of "POLDARK", the BBC's new adaptation of Winston Graham's literary series.

I am certain that some people would point out that during this five-year period, the ITV network aired Julian Fellowes'...
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"GEORGE WASHINGTON" (1984) Review

Twenty-four years before the award-winning HBO miniseries "JOHN ADAMS" aired, the CBS network aired a miniseries about the first U.S. President, George Washington. Simply titled "GEORGE WASHINGTON", this three-part miniseries was based upon two biographies written kwa James Thomas Flexner - 1965's "George Washington, the Forge of Experience, 1732–1775" and 1968's "George Washington in the American Revolution, 1775–1783".

"GEORGE WASHINGTON" spanned at least forty years in the life of the first president - from 1743, when his father Augustine Washington died...
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"ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO" (1953) Review

Years ago, I used to watch a great deal of old sinema on late night television. My two inayopendelewa channels that offered these sinema were Turner Network televisheni (TNT) and the American sinema Classic (AMC), which used to air sinema without any commercial breaks. On TNT, I had stumbled across a Western movie originally released kwa MGM Studios in 1953 called "ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO" (1953) and fell in upendo with it. After watching my recently purchased DVD copy of the movie, I could see why it became a inayopendelewa of mine.

Directed kwa John Sturges during the...
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Hi guys, this film is actually based on a real life story about Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary. Are wewe ready for film review moment?

The Historical Story

Okay, I knew this movie from my trip to Vienna, Austria and it has been coming to 10 years already. I saw this name through my tour booklet and although I did not visit it, it fascinates me about the history of the Hapsburg that rule the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary.
Back to the story, it's about Crown Prince Rudolf, the only son of Emperor Francis Joseph (or Kaiser Franz Joseph in German). Unfortunately, the latter's conservative...
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"FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD" (2015) Review

I have never seen "FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD", the 2015 adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 1874 novel, in the theaters. And yet . . . my knowledge of this film led me to view two awali adaptations. And finally, I found the chance to view this adaptation, directed kwa Thomas Vinterberg.

"FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD" told the story of a young 19th century rural English woman named Bathsheba Everdeene and the three men in her life - a kondoo farmer-turned-shepherd named Gabriel Oak; her neighbor and owner of the neighborhood's largest farm, William Boldwood;...
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"LOST IN AUSTEN" (2008) Review

I must admit that I am usually not a shabiki of novels au any other forms of storytelling that are based upon au continuations of published works of the origin author. This is certainly the case for the numerous works (sans two) based upon Jane Austen's six published novels.

The 2008 miniseries, "LOST IN AUSTEN" is not based upon any particular Austen novel that was not written kwa the Georgian Era writer. Instead, it is the brainchild of screenwriter Guy Andrews. The latter created this fantasy-comedy, which is an adaptation of Austen's novel, "Pride and Prejudice"...
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"THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO" (1934) Review

I have seen only two versions of Alexandre Dumas père's 1845 novel, "The Count of Monte Cristo" in my past - the 1975 televisheni version with Richard Chamberlain and the 2002 Disney film with James Cavielzel. While kusoma a good number of makala about the movie versions of the novel, I came across numerous praises for the 1934 adaptation that starred Robert Donat. And since I happened to like Dumas' story so much, I decided to see how much I would like this older version.

Set between the last months of the Napoleonic Wars and the 1830s, "THE COUNT...
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"CALIFORNIA" (1947) Review

I am a history nut. And one of my inayopendelewa historical periods that I upendo to study is the Antebellum Era of the United States. One of my inayopendelewa topics from this period is the California dhahabu Rush. I also upendo movies. But despite this love, I have been constantly disappointed kwa Hollywood's inability to create a first-rate movie about dhahabu Rush.

I may have to take back my maoni about Hollywood's inability to produce a first-rate movie au televisheni production about the dhahabu Rush. There were at least three that managed to impress me. Unfortunately, the latest film...
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