Adapted from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams, starting with the Boston Massacre of 1770 through his years as an ambassador in Europe, then his terms as vice president and president of the United States, up to his death on July 4, 1826.Written by
Just as fashion from 1960 differs from that of 1970 and 1980, so clothing changed in early America. Wardrobe staff papered their workspace walls with research diagrams showing the changes in clothing style from the 1790's to the 1800's to the 1820's: waistcoat, collar, bustle, wig, hat, and hemline sizes adjusting over the years. Some costume props would be rejected on authenticity grounds: "no no no wrong year." See more »
In episode #4, Adams returns home to the U.S and to his new house, Peacefield, from his stint as Foreign Minister to Great Britain. At Peacefield his daughter, Nabby, is courted by Colonel Smith. In reality, they met in England and were married there during John Adams's time as Foreign Minister. Nabby and Smith were married in 1786 and Adams returned from England in 1788. See more »
I have seen a queen of France with 18 million livres of diamonds on her person, but I declare that all the charms of her face and figure added to all the glitter of her jewels did not impress me as much as that little shrub right there. Now your mother always said that I never delighted enough in the mundane, but now I find that if I look at even the smallest thing my imagination begins to roam the milky way!
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The first two episodes of this mini series have captivated me like very few things have. It is interesting to see a detailed look at the foundation of this great nation come to life instead of merely being read on page.
The cast is stellar. Giamatti is a great actor and he brings John Adams to life. Wilkinson as Benjamin Franklin is one of the highlights. The realism of the time frame is brought to life like few movies have done; accuracy in costumes, to architecture, and locational shots.
This is a truly moving piece, and a must watch for fans of history, and those with a appreciation of great cinema regardless.
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