The Way We Live Now (2001)

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At the center of the story is Augustus Melmotte, a European-born city financier, whose origins are as mysterious as his business dealings. Trollope describes him as 'something in the city',... See full summary »

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 Augustus Melmotte (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Sir Felix Carbury (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Paul Montague (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Hetta Carbury (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Lady Carbury (4 episodes, 2001)
Richard Cant ...
 Dolly Longestaffe (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Marie Melmotte (4 episodes, 2001)
Tom Fahy ...
 Butler - Grosvenor Square (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Croll (4 episodes, 2001)
Angus Wright ...
 Miles Grendall (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Mrs. Hurtle (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Lord Nidderdale (4 episodes, 2001)
Tony Britton ...
 Lord Alfred Grendall (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Mr. Longestaffe (4 episodes, 2001)
Helen Schlesinger ...
 Madame Melmotte (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Roger Carbury (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Ruby Ruggles (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Marquis of Auld Reekie (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Georgiana Longestaffe (4 episodes, 2001)
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 Mr. Broune (4 episodes, 2001)
Sarah Niven ...
 Simpson (3 episodes, 2001)
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 Mr. Alf (3 episodes, 2001)
Jon Rumney ...
 Herr Vossner (3 episodes, 2001)
Nicholas McGaughey ...
 John Crumb (3 episodes, 2001)
Michele Dotrice ...
 Mrs. Pipkin (3 episodes, 2001)
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 Mr. Brehgert (3 episodes, 2001)
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 Hamilton K. Fisker (3 episodes, 2001)
Lilo Baur ...
 Didon (2 episodes, 2001)
Tony Pritchard ...
 Mr. Wakeham (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Lady Pomona Longestaffe (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Lady Julia Monogram (2 episodes, 2001)
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At the center of the story is Augustus Melmotte, a European-born city financier, whose origins are as mysterious as his business dealings. Trollope describes him as 'something in the city', but the "something" part is not always clear. Within weeks of arriving in London, he announces a new company and promises instant fortune to those who join him in this scheme. Melmotte is surrounded by a circle of decadent aristos, scheming widows and nouveau riche businessmen, all trying to get a piece of the financial pie. His disobedient daughter, Marie, is played by Shirley Henderson, while Cheryl Campbell, Matthew Macfadyen and Paloma Baeza bring to life the aristocratic but impoverished Carbury family. Written by <l_wuisan@hotmail.com>

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The usual high quality BBC Victorian novel knock-off
11 January 2005 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"The Way We Live Now", like most Victorian period satire, looks into the lives of numerous characters sorting through the intrigues and foibles of romance, wickedness, power, and the pursuit of peerage and property. A lightly perfumed costume flick which tilts unabashedly between comedy and drama, this story centers on a crude but rich businessman (Suchet) whose powerful performance is the backbone of the film. Side plots include an issue fraught romance, an attempt to marry into a fortune, a scheme to build a railroad from Utah to Mexico, cheating at love and cards, politics, a woman scorned, and much more. A four hour TV miniseries from the BBC, "The Way We Live Now" has plenty of time to sort through its many characters while tidying up at the end making it a busy and enjoyable Victorian period film. A should-see for anyone into BBC TV fare, Victorian period stories, and 19th century pulp fiction. (B+)


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