It's a time of change in the for many in the Forsyte clan. Jolyon has inherited the bulk of his father's estate, with June and Irene also inheriting substantial amounts. June, now 23 ... See full summary »

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Terence Alexander ...
John Barcroft ...
June Barry ...
Jonathan Burn ...
Anne De Vigier ...
Sarah Harter ...
Francie Forsyte
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Dalia Penn ...
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It's a time of change in the for many in the Forsyte clan. Jolyon has inherited the bulk of his father's estate, with June and Irene also inheriting substantial amounts. June, now 23 years-old, decides to leave Robin Hill and find her own accommodation in London. Helene, who is not well, is convinced that she is leaving because of her. Helene's condition deteriorates rapidly from severe headaches to wild imaginings and seizures. A fall leads to internal injuries and death. Irene is shocked that she was left £15,000 in trust in Old Jolyon's will, the interest from which will provide her a very nice life. Uncle Swithin, Aunt Susan and Uncle Roger all died in the next few years. Montague Dartie has lost his shirt by betting everything he had - and losing - on a horse he co-owned with George Forsyte. He's also been having a fling with a Spanish dancer and has given her the pearls the gave his wife when they were first married. He leaves for Buenos Aires and Winifred seeks her brother ... Written by garykmcd

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30 November 1969 (USA)  »

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In the Memory
30 October 2015 | by (Cieszyn, Poland) – See all my reviews

Gloomily and memorably, Jo has to face the reality of the loss of his father. The atmospheric opening scene of the episode at the grave of a true Forsyte gentleman, Jo allows himself a moment of reflection. He is now a man of property because his father has left most for him; nevertheless, he does not cease to be a man of liberty.

In spite of the fact that he is greatly affected by various losses, Jo becomes not merely a 'feeble substitute of his father' who used to enjoy cigar, wine and appreciate good music in his recluse from the Forsytes' attachment to property but he also becomes the sole embodiment of the positive 'exception' from all typical Forsyte-like features. But losses predominate...

First it is his daughter June who is 23 now and leaves for a more independent life. Second, it is his wife Helene who dies unexpectedly as the first person in a chain of deaths that follows and that the Forsytes had to, after all, accept with dignity: uncle Swithin, uncle Roger. The thoughts of melancholy and memories reach their climax at Jo's spiritual and mental recluse that he finds at visiting Irene. In a memorable moment, he compares her unchanging beauty to Tician's La Bella. There is a truly unforgettable line about the secret of beauty: "People who don't live are wonderfully preserved." Here, the aspect of loss has a slightly different ring to it meaning, evidently, the loss of the fullness of life; yet, it is more noticeable as loss spreads to other Forsytes, too.

Soames in his frustration and determination tries to get Irene back...his attempts are in vain, of course. The final moment of the episode that concludes Irene's decision that she made once and for all and opens the window to breathe some fresh air after Soames' visit represent some of the most dramatic, perhaps even theatrically over dramatised moments by Lawrie Craig. Yet, Soames does not give up easily...

The siblings experience similar problems and are placed in similar situations. Monty, being tired of being insulted and fond of various Signoritas, leaves Winifred to 'live a new life' in Buenos Aires. What a scandal for the Forsytes, especially the shocked parents Emily and James(who are, actually, Soames' parents as well). The dramatically handled scenes are beautifully played by Margaret Tyzack and Terence Alexander. They portray a marriage in ruin who have, by the way, one special bond...children. Will Winifred face the same fate as her brother, the renowned 'man of property?'

Soames torn apart and in quest of happiness, stability and prosperity. A new reality is being opened to him, though, a new prospect for the future: a French 'Belle' Annette Lamotte (Dalia Penn). Do his attempts to come to see the French beauty and her mother Madame Lamotte (Helen Pollock) promise success or foreshadow the same mistakes in male-female relations?


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