Most everyone is upset at the death of Philip Bosinney. Young Jolyon suspects that it may have been a suicide - his cousin George Forsyte told him of his encounter with Bosinney in the ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
June Barry ...
A.J. Brown ...
Roy Denton ...
Sarah Harter ...
Francie Forsyte
Lana Morris ...
Malya Nappi ...
Mademoiselle Beauce
Nora Nicholson ...
Joseph O'Conor ...
Kynaston Reeves ...
Fanny Rowe ...
Jackie Smith ...
Nora Swinburne ...


Most everyone is upset at the death of Philip Bosinney. Young Jolyon suspects that it may have been a suicide - his cousin George Forsyte told him of his encounter with Bosinney in the street - but does his best to hide the facts as they are known to him. Old Jolyon tells his son of his plans to purchase Robin Hill and have them live together. Some four years later, Old Jolyon comes across Irene sitting in the garden. He learns that she is living on her own and teaching music. She's also involved in helping women who find themselves in difficulties. Young Jolyon, Helene and June are away in Spain and Irene becomes a regular visitor to Robin Hill and even begins tutoring Holly, giving her music lesson twice per week. For the elderly Jolyon however, the end is at hand. Written by garykmcd

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23 November 1969 (USA)  »

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Indian Summer of a Forsyte Gentleman
18 October 2015 | by (Cieszyn, Poland) – See all my reviews

"He held himself extremely upright and his shrewd, steady eyes had lost none of their clear shining. Thus he gave an impression of superiority of the doubts and dislikes of smaller men."

Galsworthy vividly and compassionately describes the character of Old Jolyon, who is, undeniably, the centerpiece of this episode. The Indian Summer of Old Jolyon that he delights in at Robin Hill where he not only finds peace and quiet but also catches the glimpse of beauty prompts this episode to take an austere and almost reflective form.

First of all, before I move to our farewell with the more and more likable character of deteriorating Jolyon, let me make a note of Soames and Irene's relation herein depicted. Soames' guilty conscience when applied to late Bucaneer is accurately under-toned by a little scene when he, by all means, attempts to silence a news-crier shouting the bad tidings about the death of a prolific architect. What follows is another brilliant conversation, or rather confrontation with his wife Irene (he will find it extremely hard not to consider her his wife any longer but 'Ms Heron'). In between his remarks and insistence, she utters something very meaningful, a line that is wonderfully incorporated into the emotional resonance of the moment: "I am not your property. I own myself..." Yes, she is not even the property of the renowned 'man of property' and she has her liberty and will stick to it. Furious and uncontrolled as Soames may appear to be, we can all make certain assumptions of what the determined attempts to come might appear.

However, a mute character, the backdrop of the episode is the idea of a house...The house perceived differently by different people.

Bearing that in mind, in one scene, Jo (Kenneth More) says a very memorable line that I would like to quote at this moment: "You see a house: trim, elegant, distinguished and the family who live there equally so...and suddenly you catch the glimpse of a reality and a moment, just a moment you're aware behind the facade: violence, desperation, wild passions..." How very true and, nevertheless, it does not exclude the value of the house which is expressed by...

Old Jolyon at Robin Hill. There, in his own spot of peace and quiet, he becomes closest to the best emotions and sentiments pf his. With his cute dog Balthazar, his days become a symmetry to a petal of daisy, the simplicity of painting that his son absorbs in Spain. Two aspects of beauty are at hand for him: the beauty of music and the beauty of a woman. The two never apart. The woman, the beauty embodiment, plays his favorite classical pieces for him. As a Pole, I felt very proud to hear that this choice of music is Chopin...played by Irene.

Their scenes at Robin Hill are a harmony of subtlety and reflection. He is a 'comfort and refuge' for her (as she will later admit to Jolyon's son), she is "more than a man deserves" for him. A great relation grows between the two and it finds its fullest realization at the moment of his death, beautifully filmed. Consider the camera-work at this moment when we see the image from his perspective, in a very similar fashion as it was in episode 5 when he comes to his son Jo, Helene and their kids with the outstretched hand for reconciliation. This is his home...

The house and music find their contrast at the Forsytes' with lots of noise and a waltz "Kensington Coil" played by Roger's daughter Francie (Sarah Harter). There, gossips maintain...about a 'gentleman's house.' But they are in the background here. Among the supporting characters of the episode, a mention should be made of Mademoiselle Beauce played by Malya Nappi.

Summer--summer--summer! The soundless footsteps on the grass...the Indian Summer of a Forsyte Gentleman.

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