Emile Zola is probably one of the major sources of information about day to day life and morality in the France of this period, and those details are presented in this series with shocking reality when the characters talk about the price of a diamond necklace or a monthly bill from the baker. The characters are fascinating, amusing, shocking, and some are sympathetic as they show us the ultimate 19th century French decadence. Katherine Schofield was brilliant in the title role, backed by an excellent cast. The dialogue was biting, ironic, and iconoclastic. Where else would you hear a line like "How is God these days? Doing well, I hope, for all our sakes."?
This miniseries has it all: Great performances, sets, costumes, music, and writing. So who is the idiot who lost the master tapes? This deserves a DVD.
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