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Florence Nightingale (2008)

Reflective drama of pioneering nurse, writer and noted statistician Florence Nightingale


Norman Stone


Norman Stone


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Credited cast:
Laura Fraser ... Florence Nightingale
Michael Pennington ... Wen
Andrew Harrison Andrew Harrison ... Lord Palmerston
Barbara Marten Barbara Marten ... Mrs. Nightingale
Ian Bartholomew Ian Bartholomew ... Sidney Herbert
Catherine Tyldesley ... Parthenope
Roy Hudd ... Music Hall Barker
Phil Gwilliam Phil Gwilliam ... Mr. Davies
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Aram Robert Aram ... Doctor
John Axon John Axon ... Orderly
Tim Beasley Tim Beasley ... Fitzgerald
Duggie Chapman Duggie Chapman ... Music Hall Colonel
Lorraine Cheshire Lorraine Cheshire ... Watson
Keith Clifford ... The Colonel
Jon Croft Jon Croft ... Sir John Hall


Reflective drama of pioneering nurse, writer and noted statistician Florence Nightingale

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1 June 2008 (UK) See more »

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Sophisticated storytelling with a heart
21 June 2008 | by wsmith123See all my reviews

I found the whole presentation to have the subtle influence of a Merchant/Ivory effort. Norman Stone's direction has taken a glossier feel with this production.

Whether or not through intention, Stone has created a tacit contrast and balance between today's perceptions of modern medicine and the historic resonance of its bitter foundations. Through this, the film breathes with a certain relevance without feeling preachy or overly dry.

Laura Fraser plays the part of Florence with a sort of volcanic fragility while staying true to the linguistic delivery style of the period. Other noteworthy efforts are delivered by Michael Pennington. Pennington conveys a realistic father void of the typical Victorian film noir caricatures that have all too often plagued period films. Editor Colin Goudie keeps the patent BBC presentation while allowing the film to feel at times like a larger screen effort. Composer Jeremy Soule delivers what may be the best opening theme in recent history for the BBC.

If there is anything of fault with the film is that some important elements were implied rather than filmed. This may have been symptomatic of budgeting considerations with a production of this nature. It would have been nice to see more of Florence's life in this script, as an hour made the whole production feel slightly compressed

In conclusion, this film is a very worthy way to spend an hour for those that know nothing about the legendary Florence Nightingale. This may be the finest effort thus far to bring this story to the screen.

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