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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Purcell
Letitia Dean ...
Frances Purcell
Terence Rigby ...
Captain Henry Cooke
Bill Kenwright ...
Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury
Peter Woodthorpe ...


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When Pepys, the Purcells, and Pelham are climbing the stairs to view the fire, Pepys is speaking lines from his diary entry of 2 September 1666. See more »


One shot shows a stagehand turning a winch to lift Mary Tudor when she's playing Cupid. When she's being lowered, a shot shows the stagehand turning the winch in the same direction as previously. See more »


Charles II: I do believe the devil shits Dutchmen.
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References Amadeus (1984) See more »


Abdelazer: Rondeau
Music by Henry Purcell
Performed by English Baroque Soloists
Conducted by John Eliot Gardiner
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Beautiful and original musical biography
15 October 2005 | by (Montréal, Canada) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw the movie, after a brilliant opening, I felt somewhat disappointed to see that it was a play within a movie. The more I saw it, however, the more I appreciated the original treatment of this biography. It is, first and foremost, a beautiful movie, both for its photography, historical recreation and the great music. The contrast between the modern and historical periods made possible by the "play within a movie" treatment is actually very interesting. The character played by Simon Callow performs research on the life and times of Purcell, while commenting on our own times. John Elliot Gardiner conducts the baroque orchestra and singers with energy, and the result is first class. I saw and recorded this movie on videotape in the 1990's, and the tape is wearing thin. I am delighted this jewel has finally been released on DVD in 2007.

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