Gormenghast (2000)

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A villain threatens the rise of a new earl in an ancient kingdom.

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 Lady Gertrude (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Flay (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Barquentine (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Lady Fuchsia (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Steerpike (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Dr. Prunesquallor (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Irma Prunesquallor (4 episodes, 2000)
June Brown ...
 Nannie Slagg (3 episodes, 2000)
Lynsey Baxter ...
 Cora Groan (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Clarice Groan (3 episodes, 2000)
George Antoni ...
 Bookman (3 episodes, 2000)
Sean Hughes ...
 Poet (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Professor Bellgrove (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Swelter (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Lord Groan (2 episodes, 2000)
Windsor Davies ...
 Rottcodd (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Keda (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Mollocks (2 episodes, 2000)
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Gormenghast is an ancient city-state which primarily consists of a rambling and crumbling castle. The narrative, based on the first two of the three Gormenghast novels by Mervyn Peake, begins with the birth of a son, Titus, to the 76th Earl, Sepulchrave Groan, and Countess Gertrude. This mismatched pair (he'd prefer the melancholy privacy of his library; she'd prefer the company of her menagerie of cats and birds) also have a teenaged daughter, Fuchsia, who resents her new brother but comes to love him dearly. Simultaneously, a young kitchen apprentice, Steerpike, takes advantage of an altercation between head cook Swelter and the Earl's manservant, Mr. Flay, and escapes from the kitchens. Gormenghast is rigidly feudal in structure, but Steerpike has ambitions. He befriends the imaginative, yearning Fuchsia, and through her becomes apprenticed to the castle physician, Dr. Prunesquallor, who lives with his man-hunting sister Irma. This position allows Steerpike to work his way into the... Written by G.M. Baxter

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Six murders, two seductions and three tragic deaths... who will rule Gormenghast? See more »


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To create a sense of scale and depth when they were photographed, the castle miniatures were placed into large tanks of water to which disinfectant (Jeyes Fluid) had also been added to make it slightly cloudy. The post production house responsible for compositing and other special effects were in awe of the skills and ingenuity of the traditional model makers, but exasperated by the variability of the images that this "organic" method generated, making their colour-correction and image matching tasks much more difficult than with computer generated images. See more »

Quotes

Steerpike: I understand!
Lady Fuchsia: No, you don't!
Steerpike: If I understand anything, I understand anger. And that's because I understand what it feels like to be rejected. And don't think I don't understand loneliness too.
Lady Fuchsia: I'm sorry!
[throws herself in his arms before soon after jerking away from him again]
Lady Fuchsia: No! No, this is horrible! YOU'RE horrible! You leave me alone! Never come near me!
[runs off]
Steerpike: [to himself] I can wait...
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Interesting, sumptuous adaptation.
20 February 2000 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I was at first apprehensive to see what were some of my favourite books ever written being made into a film. Upon reading the books, I had always dreamt of adapting this work to the screen myself... though not everything was quite the way I envisioned it, the BBC has done an exemplary job in casting and set design, recreating the askew world of Gormenghast in a fashion that Mervyn Peake himself would have most probably been proud of.

Though the time limitations make for a very accelerated version of the slow, brooding books, and a few liberties are taken with the plot, Gormenghast is a very competent, excellently acted gothic fantasy drama. Though a little too bright & colourful and betraying the BBC's penchant for filmed stage dramas (it seems very much like a play), Gormenghast the miniseries does the brilliant books justice as much as any film could.


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