Daniel Deronda (2002)

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Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness.

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 Daniel Deronda (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Gwendolen Harleth (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Henleigh Grandcourt (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Mirah Lapidoth (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Sir Hugo Mallinger (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Mrs. Davilow (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Lush (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Mrs. Meyrick (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Hans Meyrick (3 episodes, 2002)
Georgie Glen ...
 Lady Mallinger (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Kate Meyrick (3 episodes, 2002)
Lisa Jackson ...
 Mab Meyrick (3 episodes, 2002)
Serena Martin ...
 Phoebe Meyrick (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Fanny Davilow (3 episodes, 2002)
Clarista Hoult ...
 Mallinger girl #1 (3 episodes, 2002)
Emma Deigman ...
 Mallinger girl #2 (3 episodes, 2002)
Poppy Rogers ...
 Mallinger girl #3 (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Herr Klesmer (3 episodes, 2002)
Anna Steel ...
 Catherine Arrowpoint (3 episodes, 2002)
Joe Starrs ...
 Young Henleigh (3 episodes, 2002)
Gillian Maguire ...
 Bertha Davilow (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Isobel Davilow (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Lydia Glasher (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Lord Brackenshaw (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Mr. Arrowpoint (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Mrs. Arrowpoint (3 episodes, 2002)
Nickolas Grace ...
 Vandernoodt (3 episodes, 2002)
Lesley Stratton ...
 Adelaide Cohen (2 episodes, 2002)
Daniel Marks ...
 Jacob Cohen (2 episodes, 2002)
Sarah Marks ...
 Rebecca Cohen (2 episodes, 2002)
Stephanie Jacob ...
 Gadmere servant / ... (2 episodes, 2002)
Diana Brooks ...
 Mrs. Cohen (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Gentleman (2 episodes, 2002)
Daniel Evans ...
 Mordecai (2 episodes, 2002)
Keeley Gainey ...
 Meyrick Maid / ... (2 episodes, 2002)
Jane How ...
 Lady Pentreath (2 episodes, 2002)
Simon Schatzberger ...
 Ezra Cohen (2 episodes, 2002)
Sarah Twist ...
 Lady (2 episodes, 2002)
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It is across the roulette table that Gwendolen Harleth first locks eyes with the enigmatic Daniel Deronda. Gwendolen is beautiful, vivacious, and a gambler, but desperate for financial security; something that possessive Henleigh Grandcourt would be able to provide for her. Daniel is the adopted son of an aristocratic, but doubtful of his own identity. He pours his energy into selflessly helping his friends, including poor Jewish singer Mirah Lapidoth. As Gwendolen's situation becomes dire, and Daniel seeks to uncover the mystery surrounding his own birth, their lives become intertwined... Written by L. Hamre

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The novel is set at the same time as the U.S. Civil War, whereas the adaptation moves the action ahead ten years to 1874 - the year George Eliot actually began writing the novel. See more »

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At Ezra Cohen's store, the baby's left shoe and sock disappear then reappear. See more »

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Featured in George Eliot: A Scandalous Life (2002) See more »

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Ah! Perfido, Op.65
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Excellent adaptation despite the slight departure from the book
11 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're familiar with George Eliot and have read her books, you'll most likely enjoy this adaptation.

But if you're a George Eliot purist, you may be dismayed by the film's romanticization of Daniel & Gwendolyn's relationship. I personally was okay with it and found it a forgivable artistic liberty, as it was handled delicately and tastefully and did not detract from the heart of the story. In fact, I liked the adapted screenplay for its restraint.

If you're a Jane Austen fan but not familiar with Eliot's work, you might find this story lacking in wit compared to Austen's stories, or just too glum. But George Eliot herself was a very different woman from Austen. The Jewish subplot--something that is also present in Eliot's more famous 'Middlemarch'--is enough to make the two authors different, but the sociopolitical depth and soberness of Eliot's work also sets them apart.

The casting was terrific all around (including the magnificently aging Greta Scacchi), and the costumes & scenery were perfect.

~NN


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