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Sophie's World (30 Jan. 1995)

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Dramatisation of the philosophical novel 'Sophie's World'.

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Dramatisation of the philosophical novel 'Sophie's World'.

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Philosophical musings
1 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a curious drama. It was also adapted for television in 1995 by Paul Greengrass and shown on the BBC as part of The Late Show strand which normally discussed arts issues. It starred Jessica Marshall-Gardiner as Sophie, Jim Carter as Albert Knox, and Twiggy as Sophie's Mother.

The drama is based on the 1991 book written by Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder that became a worldwide hit. It follows Sophie Amundsen, a teenage girl living in Norway with her mother and Alberto Knox, a middle aged philosopher who suddenly and cryptically enters her life and introduces her to philosophical thinking and the history of philosophy. Sophie gets a substantive and understandable education ranging from the Pre-Socratics to Jean-Paul Sartre.

The stand out performance is from Jim Carter who acts as if he is auditioning for the role of Doctor Who if it ever came back on television and is having great fun playing Alberto and imparting knowledge of philosophy.

Paul Greengrass now better known as an action director deserves great credit for adapting a difficult source material in a bite sized easy to follow drama.


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