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The Mayor of Casterbridge 

In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. When he becomes sober again he realises what he has done, and though unable to find his wife and child, ... See full summary »
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 Michael Henchard 7 episodes, 1978
Janet Maw ...
 Elizabeth-Jane 7 episodes, 1978
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 Donald Farfrae 7 episodes, 1978
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 Lucetta Farfrae / ... 4 episodes, 1978
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Peter Bourke ...
 Abel Whittle 4 episodes, 1978
Jeffrey Holland ...
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 Mr. Joyce 4 episodes, 1978
Gillian Brown ...
 Lucetta's Maid 4 episodes, 1978
Clifford Parrish ...
 Longways 4 episodes, 1978
Avis Bunnage ...
 Mrs. Goodenough 3 episodes, 1978
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Douglas Milvain ...
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In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. When he becomes sober again he realises what he has done, and though unable to find his wife and child, changes his ways. He becomes the Mayor of the town. Nearly twenty years later his past comes back to haunt him. Written by <burkeji@forfas.ie>

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3 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Il sindaco di Casterbridge  »

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This was first announced for Joseph Losey in 1968 with Robert Shaw starring. See more »

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Version of Vichitra Jeevitham (1978) See more »

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The dramatic tension of a peanut dissolving in oil
26 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

A classic ancient BBC production: promising actors with a sparsely populated script, indecipherable accents, atrocious sound quality, and Extremely Long Takes Wherein Nothing Really Happens.

Potentially deeply emotional scenes are read through instead of explored. It's as if the text of the script is so sacred the actors daren't internalize it for fear of desecrating it.

Confusing jumps in time compound the badness. In addition, by trimming some exposition, we're not quite sure what transpires between some characters, or if we do know What, we're never sure Why.

This is an excellent soporific. It also works well if you need to exercise your thumb on the fast-forward button. It's difficult to miss an important piece of dialogue or even a scene. If "torpid" is what you're looking for, this is the mini-series for you.


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