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Vanity Fair 

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Mini-Series (1998)
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An adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic story of parvenue Becky Sharp's rise from obscure & humble origins to her subsequent ignominious fall from Society; set amongst the ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Natasha Little ...  Becky Sharp 6 episodes, 1998
Frances Grey ...  Amelia Sedley 6 episodes, 1998
Philip Glenister ...  William Dobbin 6 episodes, 1998
David Ross David Ross ...  Mr. Sedley 6 episodes, 1998
Nathaniel Parker ...  Rawdon Crawley 5 episodes, 1998
Anton Lesser ...  Mr. Pitt Crawley 5 episodes, 1998
Janine Duvitski ...  Mrs. Bute Crawley 5 episodes, 1998
Michele Dotrice ...  Mrs. Sedley 5 episodes, 1998
Jeremy Swift ...  Jos Sedley 4 episodes, 1998
Tom Ward ...  George Osborne 4 episodes, 1998
Frances Tomelty ...  Mrs. O'Dowd 4 episodes, 1998
Stephen Frost ...  Bute Crawley 4 episodes, 1998
Mark Lambert Mark Lambert ...  Major O'Dowd 4 episodes, 1998
Tim Woodward ...  Mr. John Osborne 4 episodes, 1998
Janet Dale Janet Dale ...  Miss Briggs 4 episodes, 1998
Sylvestra Le Touzel ...  Lady Jane Crawley 3 episodes, 1998
Miriam Margolyes ...  Miss Crawley 3 episodes, 1998
Abigail Thaw ...  Jane Osborne 3 episodes, 1998
Robert Cole Robert Cole ...  Little Rawdon 3 episodes, 1998
David Bradley ...  Sir Pitt Crawley 3 episodes, 1998
Eleanor Bron ...  Lady Bareacres 3 episodes, 1998
Daniel Hart Daniel Hart ...  Ensign Stubble 3 episodes, 1998
Zohren Weiss ...  Little Georgy 3 episodes, 1998
Gerard Murphy ...  Lord Steyne 3 episodes, 1998
John Surman John Surman ...  Horrocks 3 episodes, 1998
Graham Crowden ...  Lord Bareacres 3 episodes, 1998
Sarah Crowden ...  Lady Blanche 3 episodes, 1998
Bryan Pringle ...  Raggles 3 episodes, 1998
Linal Haft ...  Moss 3 episodes, 1998
Nick Dunning ...  Wenham 2 episodes, 1998
Sara Powell ...  Miss Swartz 2 episodes, 1998
Felix Dexter Felix Dexter ...  Samuel 2 episodes, 1998
Paul Bigley Paul Bigley ...  Isidor 2 episodes, 1998
Joanna Scanlan ...  Lady Crawley 2 episodes, 1998
Casey O'Connor Casey O'Connor ...  Little Violet 2 episodes, 1998
Zoe Chester Zoe Chester ...  Little Rose 2 episodes, 1998
Pom Boyd Pom Boyd ...  Glorvina O'Dowd 2 episodes, 1998
Vicki Pepperdine ...  Ann Dobbin 2 episodes, 1998
Windsor Davies ...  General Tufto 2 episodes, 1998
Bill Thomas Bill Thomas ...  Mr. Chopper 2 episodes, 1998
Martin Hodgson Martin Hodgson ...  Ensign Spooney 2 episodes, 1998
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An adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic story of parvenue Becky Sharp's rise from obscure & humble origins to her subsequent ignominious fall from Society; set amongst the backdrop of Regency England & in continental Europe during the Napoleonic War. Written by Jonnie Heldreich

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The black patterned muslin gown Janet Dale (Miss Briggs) wears at Park Lane is the same gown Pauline Moran (Mrs. Curtain) wears when Byron arrives for the wedding in Byron (2003), Gemma Jones (Mrs. Dashwood) wears when Edward comes to Barton Cottage in Sense and Sensibility (1995), Billie Piper (Fanny Price) wears to Maria's wedding in Mansfield Park (2007). The costume is also worn by an extra at the Meryton Assembly Ball in Pride & Prejudice (2005). See more »

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Becky Sharp: Revenge may be wicked. But it's natural.
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Sweet Passion of Love
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Far superior to the Witherspoon vanity project
29 April 2005 | by poccaSee all my reviews

Generally I think that the great Victorian door-stoppers are better suited to the mini series format than that of feature films because even with a running time pushed to three hours there just isn't the room for the typical panorama of characters, supporting characters, plots and subplots. Even this production unavoidably leaves much out, but it captures the essence of Thackeray--cold eyed cynicism very occasionally softened by generosity. Nearly every element worked, right down to the snorting pig that appeared at the beginning of each new installment. I admit at first I was a bit disappointed by the choice of Natasha Little to play Rebecca because I thought the actress was too tall and elegant to play a character who was described as petite and vivacious. But no matter; Little's cool headedness, verbal wit, and carefully disguised ruthlessness were all pure Becky (unlike Mira Nair, the screenwriters of this production realized that to soften this character's harder edges wouldn't modernize her; rather, it would flatten her). Frances Grey does fine in in the thankless role of Amelia Sedley. Although this was somewhat out of keeping with the novel, I did like the scene of Amelia still in bed after her wedding night, her hair spread out on the pillow, blissfully talking to her new husband. It makes her seem a bit more than stupidly devoted child-woman she is for most of the novel and makes those later scenes in which Becky and George (just weeks after George's marriage) brazenly flirt in front of Amelia all the more painful. The other characters are well cast too, with the terrifying Lord Steyne being the most memorable of all--in his final scene, without having to say a word he looks as if he really will have Becky murdered without a second thought if she ever approaches him again.

All in all, highly recommended.


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