|Little Dorrit 1988 G, 360 min.|
Director: Christine Edzard
Cast: Derek Jacobi, Sarah Pickering, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cyril Cusack, Amelda Brown, Paul Rhys, Miriam Margolyes, Robert Morley, Michael Elphick, Max Wall, Patricia Hayes, Luke Duckett, Daniel Chatto, Bill Fraser
Charles Dickens' novel is told in two parts revealing perspectives of both cold businessman Arthur Clennam (Derek Jacobi) and the innocent Amy Dorrit (Sarah Pickering). Part I is told through the eyes of Clennam who returns home to London after a 20-year absence and becomes interested in William Dorrit (Alec Guinness) who is serving time in debtor's prison. Dorrit's daughter Amy is a seamstress working for Clennam's mother (Joan Greenwood), and Clennam sets out to help the Dorrits reclaim a fortune. In Part II, Amy's side of the story is told as her life crosses that of Clennam. This six-hour film is a well-acted adaptation of Dickens' tale and received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Guinness) and Best Writing.
|Quartet 1981 R, 101 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: James Ivory
Cast: Alan Bates, Maggie Smith, Isabelle Adjani, Anthony Higgins, Pierre Clementi, Suzanne Flon, Daniel Mesguich, Sheila Gish, Wiley Wood, Virginie Thevenet, Daniel Chatto, Bernice Stegers, Paulita Sedgwick, Sebastien Floche, Armelia McQueen
Set in Paris during the 1920s, this film reveals the trials of homeless Marya (Isabelle Adjani) who struggles for survival while her husband, Stephan (Anthony Higgins), is in prison. Her chance comes when a wealthy, but odd, couple–H.J. (Alan Bates) and Lois (Maggie Smith)–offer her refuge. When Marya becomes the mistress of H.J., Lois barely tolerates their actions. The story is loosely based on the early life of Jean Rhys before she became a writer.
|1. Little Dorrit (1988)|
2. Quartet (1981)
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