The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now

DVD - 2002
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This satire of Victorian society shows the trials and tribulations of young love, the pettiness of upper class life, the raw energy and excitement of the most powerful city the world had ever seen, and the greed and corruption that lay just below its glittering surface.
Publisher: [Bethesda, Md.] : BBC Worldwide Americas ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2002], ©2001
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9780790766126
0790766124
Branch Call Number: 7.9145 Wa
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 300 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated

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trcookIIImddmd
Aug 14, 2017

Satire? Not. One idiot mouths this and every imbecile follows in line. This is an interesting comment on the plight of Jews throughout their history, even up to present day in anti-semitic nations like Germany(which didn't learn), and France. It is also an interesting commentary on scammers who still ply their tricks, and those who are taken in by them.

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AureliaReads
Oct 08, 2016

Wonderful ! Those who say the characters are insulting or cartoonish might be missing the whole "it's a satire" angle. Fun seeing Suchet chewing the scenery (with his mouth open) and Mr. Carson from Downton in a completely different guise. Despite the pointed message, we end up caring about several of the characters and the final hour is very moving. Interesting to compare this to Wall Street and Pretty Woman - modern variations on the same theme.

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bobbles1
May 08, 2016

Brilliant movie, did not know Trollope was such an insightful social critic of his time. This is satire (I don't want to put anyone off with that label, it is a lot of fun and great acting as well) which captures the fundamental dissonance between the emerging new dynamic age of "financism" (I'll call it) and the old age of stable privilege and traditional titled money, which is dying rapidly. Financism is dazzling to, and elicits greed from, the clueless upper classes who imagine they know something about making money. Mix this with the anti-Semitic disdain for those associated with the emerging new wave, and you've got a potent encounter between the boundaries and modus operandi of traditional values and the vulgar, line-crossing new ways of doing things. The Beeb does it best, we enjoyed this a lot.....

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MGallagher
Jan 12, 2016

Enjoyable from beginning to end.

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LadySade
Nov 24, 2015

Besides David Suchet, I felt so many of the characters were sorely miscast. Case in point: Melmotte's daughter was a sorry basket case.

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empbee
Jul 01, 2014

Entrtaining, good acting.

tomcrisp Jul 05, 2013

A significant book has been altered significantly. Titling this "Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now" is a stretch, as so many of Trollope's characters seem unrecognizable as cast and directed. Felix is supposed to be beautiful, above all. Trollope's Marie is no clumsy arriviste who easily throws herself into a man's arms. Lady Carbury is shrewd and beautiful. Paul Montague is dragged into the railroad deal, not one of its promoters. Etc. Michael Suchet, however, seems the picture of Melmotte.
The book is deeply satirical, in spite of the many amusing peripheral character names - Julia Triplex, Damask Monogram, Dr. Palmoil (the explorer), John Crumb (the miller), Mr. Mixet (the baker),Sticinthemud, Slow & Bideawhile, Flatfleece, Batherbolt.
I'd love to see a LONG series with everything in it. Could be powerful.

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lizshum
Jun 26, 2013

Not having read the book on which the series is based it's hard to determine whether this simply suffers from being too true to the novel or whether it's flawed in its departure. While it's generally well acted I found several of the characters to be almost cartoonish. Also, I found the depiction of some of the Jewish characters to be rather racist. It seems far too easy and wrong to depict Jews as greedy, scheming and uncouth. If you truly like period dramas in the Jane Austen or Downton Abbey vein I would suggest passing on this. Or at least keeping your expectations low.

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uncommonreader
Apr 18, 2013

Well acted and entertaining. Matthew Macfadyen and Shirley Henderson were particularly good.

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ready2read
Oct 19, 2012

Is it just me or does anyone else think Cillian Murphy looks exactly like Angelina Jolie in this show? Everything--the mouth, the cheekbones, the eyes......It kind of ruins the whole" rugged frontiersman" thing for me.

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