French Second Empire decadence captured splendidly
I saw this when it was first shown (1968 I think) and I remember it vividly for it's portrayal of Paris social life in the Second Empire and its very daring eroticism for the time.
Katherine Schofield, as Nana, appeared topless and, in one scene, she chastised Freddy Jones, as Muffat, with a riding crop, (I think). I'll never forget her singing 'Blonde Venus'....very sad that she died of cancer last year.
It really brought home to me the decadence of Napoleon III's hey-day and its final elimination as the Franco-Prussian War began at the end of the last episode.
A shining example of BBC TV's excellence at dramatisation.
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