BBC2 Play of the Week: Season 2, Episode 1

Langrishe Go Down (20 Sep. 1978)

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In the late 1930s, three reclusive middle-aged spinster sisters live on their run down family estate in Ireland. Otto Beck, a perpetual graduate student from Bavaria with a habit of making ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Imogen Langrishe
Otto Beck
Helen Langrishe
Susan Williamson ...
Lily Langrishe
Margaret Whiting ...
Maureen Layde
Harold Pinter ...
Barry Shannon
John Molloy ...
1st man on bus
Niall O'Brien ...
2nd man on bus
Arthur O'Sullivan ...
Joseph Feeney
Michael O'Brian ...
Priest (as Michael O'Briain)
Liam O'Callaghan ...
Mr. Langrishe
Joan O'Hara ...
Mrs. Langrishe


In the late 1930s, three reclusive middle-aged spinster sisters live on their run down family estate in Ireland. Otto Beck, a perpetual graduate student from Bavaria with a habit of making pompous declamations, rents the back lodge to work on his esoteric thesis. Imogen Langrishe, the least repressed of the sisters, begins an affair with Otto. Imogen takes the love affair seriously, but Otto just enjoys the cheap lodging and the comfort of Imogen. Written by Will Gilbert

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Imogen Langrishe: What star is that?
Otto Beck: Venus.
Imogen Langrishe: I thought it was Hesper.
Otto Beck: Hesper? No, no, unmistakably Venus. The brightest of the planets - -a planet in fact, not a star.
Imogen Langrishe: I thought they were the same.
Otto Beck: The same - -the same as what?
Imogen Langrishe: The same as each other, planets and stars.
Otto Beck: Decidedly not. Planets are closer than stars, for one thing, and nine of them revolve around the sun against a background of constant stars that do not move. How does one know it's Venus, you ask? Well, because it's the brightest of planets and ...
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A melancholy piece full of atmosphere and Irish tragedy
3 September 2000 | by (Tuross Head, Australia) – See all my reviews

This telemovie from the 1970's deserves to be better known. Based on a novel by Aidan Higgins, it has a masterly script by Harold Pinter (who himself plays a small but significant acting role). If you enjoyed movies based on literature (such as James Joyce's wonderful story from "Dubliners" : "The Dead" directed by Huston) you should find this film well worth watching. A melancholy tale of frustrated love set in the 1930's features top acting performances from all. A young Jeremy Irons plays the German student of philosophy writing his precious thesis with excruciating preciousness and cynicism. (Irons slow pedantic accent is reminiscent of Marlon Brando's choice of accent for his "Burn".)He embarks on a relationship with a woman who is trapped by a family of sisters who - fallen on hard times since the death of the father- seem destined to live lives of slow desperation in their old house in the country. There are many wonderful scenes in this slow but engrossing production.

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