The Forsyte Saga (1967)

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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon ... See full summary »

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Love among the Forsytes is strange, full of tradition, melancholy and gold digging in this film treatise on Victorian-age rigidity and vestiges of a flawed society.

Director: Compton Bennett
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Series cast summary:
Eric Porter ...
 Soames Forsyte (26 episodes, 1967)
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 Winifred Dartie (23 episodes, 1967)
Nyree Dawn Porter ...
 Irene Forsyte née Heron (19 episodes, 1967)
June Barry ...
 June Forsyte (16 episodes, 1967)
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 'Young Jolyon' Forsyte (15 episodes, 1967)
Maggie Jones ...
 Smither (14 episodes, 1967)
Susan Hampshire ...
 Fleur Mont née Forsyte (14 episodes, 1967)
Nicholas Pennell ...
 Michael Mont (14 episodes, 1967)
John Welsh ...
 James Forsyte (12 episodes, 1967)
John Barcroft ...
 George Forsyte (11 episodes, 1967)
Suzanne Neve ...
 Holly Dartie née Forsyte (11 episodes, 1967)
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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon Forsyte. Soames is a solicitor, all proper and straight-laced. His love for the beautiful Irene is his only weakness as is his beautiful daughter Fleur. Young Jolyon is the opposite, a free-thinking artist who abandons his wife to live with his children's nanny. Their lives and their children's lives will intersect over 30 years bringing happiness to some and tragedy to others. Written by garykmcd

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If Eric Porter had not played Soames the next choice would have been Bernard Kay. See more »

Quotes

[the family are discussing the Boers]
Soames Forsyte: They signed a contract, they must stick to it. I know there's something to be said for their point of view, but a contract is a contract.
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Referenced in Girls! Girls! Girls! The 1960s (2009) See more »

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Halcyon Days
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(from the suite 'The Three Elizabeths')
By Eric Coates
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A masterpiece
15 January 2003 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I was absolutely delighted to have an opportunity recently to see the original `Forsyte Saga' on the ‘Ovation' channel on cable TV in Australia.

Forget the recent remake and after about ten minutes you'll certainly forget that this is thirty-odd years old and made in black and white. Maybe its high-class soap opera but even so its all class.

Truly a saga spanning four or five generations, the story is dominated by Eric Porter's Soames, the cold venal rapist who eventually commands our grudging respect and the truly beautiful Irene played by Nyree Dawn Porter, Soames' victim who later finds love. And then there's Susan Hampshire's pretty but totally selfish Fleur, drawing you eye whenever she's on-screen. Incidentally, Nicholas Pennell plays Fleur's husband as if he was Wilfred Hyde-White in My Fair Lady! There are many other major characters, all well portrayed and you'll really care what happens to them.

Even the make-up of the two Porters is worth a word of praise as they age convincingly.

A minor criticism I could make is the rather eccentric recording of the sound. The dialogue level soars and drops as if the microphones were concealed in flowerpots like the early talkies. Doors slam loudly and there are unidentified knocks and bangs in the background.

See this masterpiece of television if you can, I don't think it has been bettered.


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