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4. Wodehouse Playhouse - Series One
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7. Secrets of a Windmill Girl
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1. City of Joy
Director: Roland Joffé
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Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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CITY OF JOY is the story of a dispirited American doctor (Patrick Swayze), a British woman who runs a clinic for the poor, and an Indian couple — all of whose lives come together in perhaps the most impoverished place on earth, the section of Calcutta known as the CITY OF JOY. Directed by Roland Joffe (The Mission, The Killing Fields, The Scarlett Letter). ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Film
Of course no Patrick Swayze film could ever compare with a wonderful book, still City of Joy has much to offer. I grew up in a city just out of Calcutta and found the movie to be very true to the culture and everyday life I experienced there. Poverty is difficult to portray from a developed country's point of view without becoming self-righteous, but nowhere in the movie do the foreigners propose to change the state of the city. The two characters(Patrick Swayze and Pauline Collins) are there because they want to be and to lend a hand when needed. The cast of Indian characters(Um Puri in particular)is especially good. All of the actors possess great human qualities that makes them easy to connect with and likable. Although these people live in squalor, they have a joie de vivre that keeps the tone from being one of despair. This film is simply a slice of life that doesn't try to prove anything. I highly recommend seeing the film AS WELL AS reading the book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
There are parts in this movie that are kind of cheesy, but for the most part, it is a very nice story about the life of a poor family in a Kolkata slum and of an American doctor's attempts to "find himself" by giving something back to the world instead of always being wrapped up in himself. Swayze's character is kind of annoying, especially at the start of the film, and certain lines seem kind of trite and silly . . . saying that he came to India for "enlightenment" was kind of daft and predictable, and of course, the meolodrama with regards to Swayze's character I think was a bit much . . . I don't think you need to have a special reason or event that occurs in your life to make you question things or look for answers to some of life's problems . . . still, the movie did a good job of presenting the inhabitants of Kolkata with dignity and sympathy . . . they were fully human and not caricatures, which was good. Om Puri does an outstanding job here. I wish that Shabana Azmi, an excellent actress herself, would have been given a bigegr role instead of playing the typically quiet and meek India wife, though. The brutality anmd dehumanisation of living in a slum in an overpopulated city was not sugar-coated either, but at the same time many of the people in the slums were portrayed with respect, and their attitude does give a substantial glimemr of hope instead of implying that all humans are "out for themselves" as the main character seems to think. Not a masterpiece, but a nice film all the same.

2-0 out of 5 stars Many better options to this
I read the book, have seen the movie and have visited Kolkata. I'm troubled by the book and the movie. I felt the book trivialized poverty and made a sentimental treatment of it. This is because it was viewed through the eyes of a Catholic priest and he was taking voluntary poverty. It is another matter when you have children, live in bone crushing poverty and have fewer choices available to you. (Yet Kolkata is a city of miracles in that the poorest can often find a place and a way to survive there.)

I don't think the movie came close to showing the culture of Kolkata's poor. It was very much a westernized gloss and it definitely pulled punches. Consider just one important cultural element: Indian has many great musicians who have produced centuries of beautiful music. But this film sticks us with an entirely western score.

I am in love with this region and had to read the book and see the film. But if you want to see a film about this part of the world, see anything by Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen or Shyam Benegal.

In particular, Satyajit Ray - Apu Trilogy or Two Daughters. Although more modern and middle class, Aguntuk (The Stranger) is also a much better film.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the Best
I am a movie fanatic and this is in my opinion the best film that I have watched ever. It is extremely moving and passionate. I cried three or four different times during this movie. I have been looking to acquire this movie in the past and it is the first time that I find it. It is a good way to see some aspects of India, at least through a window because nothing in life can prepare you to be in India. The drama ocurrs around an Indian family in Calcutta and an american doctor who volunteers to work in a poor neighbourhood. He becomes so involved with the family that...well, you should see the rest by yourself if your are not already a fanatic of this movie. I could say many more things but I will leave it brief and not boring.

4-0 out of 5 stars Real India
Most movies, even the ones from Bollywood gloss over the reality of the poverty, dirtiness etc. This movie is true to the life and culture of the people. The characters are well fleshed out; they seem real and you care about them. Unless you've been to India you might not believe that people can be so poor and not be miserable. This movie shows how everyone can find joy in life, where they are, with what they have. Excellent movie. ... Read more


2. Paradise Road
Director: Bruce Beresford
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5-0 out of 5 stars At Best This Is a Once in a Lifetime Movie, A True Must See
This in my estimate is one of the best movies ever-made. I highly recommend it to anyone male or female. I don't watch R-rated movies... This is one of those you can't figure out why it's rated R... Other than minor war violence. As a Christian, I found that the story-line is rich, hopeful, faith building and lively. This movie will stay with you for a very long time. There are so many different facets... The missionary character is my favorite. But each person that I have recommended the movie to, relates to a different character. This is not just a movie for women... Trust me on that! Paradise Road tells the story of many different European women held prisoners of War, by the Japenese, by exploring each character in a very simple way. The symphony that is created is spectacular. Glenn Close was flawless. I'm a guy who likes truely well thought, written, produced, and acted movies... Paradise Road is all that and then some. I can't say enough... Watch it and write your own review!

5-0 out of 5 stars Paradise Road - Song of Survival
This is one of my all-time favourite films.

The moving tale of women POWs who form a chorus and use vocal music to help cope with the harsh reality of Japanese internment.

Paradise Road is a wonderful movie, a true story wonderfully told. It never fails to move me everytime I watch it and I have watched it a few times! ;-)

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
This movie was awesome!!! At first I was reluctant to watch it but my girlfriend forced me to. If it wasn't for her I never would have seen it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Scenes Missing
I just watched Paradise Road on DVD and was very disappointed. I didn't see scenes I remember in the VHS version. I like the movie very much, but would not have purchased a version that was shortened. There are two scenes I remember from renting the movie previously. Those being where Jennifer Ehle meets her husband while he is attempting to escape the men's camp, and also the scene where Miss Drummond is buried and Glenn Close's character begins to hum and tap the Bolero piece the orchestra did. I have no idea why Fox would delete those scenes. The cover of the DVD indicates the movie is 132 minutes long, however my counter stopped at 110 or so. So please be forwarned, if you purchase the DVD you will not get the whole movie. Other than that, I would say the movie is worth having in a home collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Moving, Magnificent, Mesmerizing!
Paradise Road, has got to be the most moving War Time movie I have seen (the Patriot coming in at close second).
It is of a POW camp of woman in Sumatra who undergo terrible conditions where their own friends drop - one by one from disease, or perhaps execution. In spite of all this they still manage to show the barbarious Japanese that they still had some spirit left by forming their own vocal orchestra.
Cate Blanchett's performance is to be noted as in it she faces death were it left me in tears to watch her demise in the Pacific sun. She moved me incredibly and when I watched it I was sure she was my favourite actress.
Paradise Road is a must-see! If you have to see two films in your whole life-time watch this.... then watch it again! ;-) ... Read more


3. P.D. James - The Black Tower
Director: Ronald Wilson
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Actor Roy Marsden's fourth outing as mystery author P.D. James's recurring hero Inspector Dalgliesh is a very satisfying affair: an unorthodox whodunit in a surprisingly creepy setting, all wrapped in a psychologically complex story in which love, duty, and loyalty become corrupting prisons for myriad characters. Beneath it all is Dalgliesh's own crisis of confidence after a bullet injury. An old mentor from school, a kindly chaplain, seeks the recuperating Dalgliesh's assistance with a problem at Toynton Grange, a nursing home. When the detective arrives, he finds the chaplain dead, a rash of threatening letters anonymously sent to the residents, a disabled man possibly murdered, and a Grange director twisted by missionary zeal, bitter disappointment, and the loathing of his staff and clients. Dalgliesh slowly penetrates the Grange's peculiarly insulated culture, looking for a pattern to bizarre events. James's lengthy story is gripping, but the splendid cast is reason enough to see this miniseries. --Tom Keogh ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best......
P.D. James is unequaled among contemporary mystery writers, an anachronism, a member of an older order that has sadly passed away. Like her counterpart-Dorothy Sayers-James not only provides an entertaining story filled with compelling characters and a well formulated plot, she is a realist who presents the world as it is-filled with moral ambiguity. Fortunately, the BBC dramatization of THE BLACK TOWER is faithful to James' book, and Lance Entertainment has been faithful to the BBC production-all 287 minutes. I have purchased the majority of the BBC-PBS Mystery productions and find the quality of this DVD a 10.

THE BLACK TOWER may have been the first P.D. James mystery filmed (1985?) but it is certainly one of James' better tales. She uses the country house setting-in this case Toyton Grange, a nursing home in East Anglia on the North Sea owned and run by a middle-aged man who may have been cured of MS on a visit to Lourdes. Typical of James, there is little bloodshed-her victims more frequently succumb to poison or smothering, leaving suicide as well as homicide a possible cause of death. By the end of the story, six people are dead and a more than a few have come close to the edge.

BBC television productions from the 1980s are akin to the U.S. staged television productions of the late 1960s and 1970s. The BLACK TOWER is a classic example of the era when stagecraft was more important than "special effects." The actors in this production include the wonderful Pauline Collins who played 'Shirley Valentine' in the film and on Broadway where she won a Tony Award, and who was a member of the 'Upstairs-Downstairs' cast. Other actors include Art Malik and Rachel Kempson from the "Jewel in the Crown" series. Roy Marsden is his usual quizzical self.

I like the video as well as the audio effects in the BLACK TOWER. Modern film makers use 'fuzzy' mikes that drown out much of the background noise, which they then augment with synthetic sound. This 'sound editing' is supposed to enhance the viewer's audio experience (mood altering, etc.), but what a treat to "hear" a film made before these modern advances. While it is true many of the shots where made on a sound stage, more than a few were filmed outside. The verisimilitude of the natural environment provides one with a sense of "being there" where a real breeze can be heard and it's effects seen, and real birds chirp in the bushes and trees. ... Read more


4. Wodehouse Playhouse - Series One
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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P.G. Wodehouse himself introduces each episode of WodehousePlayhouse; a ringing endorsement, eh, what? This much-loved 1975 series, asparkling jewel in the BBC crown, brings to the screen several of Wodehouse'smost delightful stories and eccentric characters, as embodied by John Aldertonand Pauline Collins, the real-life couple perhaps best known stateside for theirendearing series No, Honestly, as well as their stints on Upstairs,Downstairs. Sadly, Jeeves and Wooster are absent in these tales, but thedaft Mulliner family is here, in "The Truth About George," "Romance at DroitgateSpa," "Portrait of a Disciplinarian," "Unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court," and"A Voice from the Past." "Rodney Fails to Qualify," one of Wodehouse's famedgolf stories, is anything but par for the course, as a clueless young man almostloses his beloved golfing partner to a poet. Only the Hollywood tale "The Riseof Minna Nordstrom" is a bit of a letdown, but is redeemed by Collins'sconsiderable charms. This series is faithful to Wodehouse's gentle humor and hisnimble use of language ("Dogface, my demon lover, you did not endear yourself,"rebukes one woman to her companion in one story). For his devoted readers, orbetter, for those yet to have the pleasure of his literary company, WodehousePlayhouse is jolly good! --Donald Liebenson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Mulliners are as funny as the Woosters
You all know how hysterically funny the Bertie Wooster/Jeeves stores are, both on the page and on the screen. Well, P.G. Wodehouse wrote about many other characters, notably the Mulliner Family, from which series several of the episodes on "Wodehouse Playhouse" have been drawn. If you remember the feisty Sarah the maid and the amorous ambitious chauffeur Thomas in the "Upstairs, Downstairs" series, you will recall with what chemistry Pauline Collins and John Alderton played those roles. In this series, they play a different role in each half-hour episode, sometimes with Alderton as the Mulliner, sometimes Collins, now and then neither.

Series One is now available, holding on its two DVDs (AMP 5939) seven very funny tales, six of which are about goofy Englishmen and women living up to what Americans expect of them. For example, in "Portrait of a Disciplinarian," Reggie Mulliner and his ex-fiancee meet at their former Nanny's and are treated as before, as children to be punished. But what else would we expect of a British Nanny? The Hollywood spoof "The Rise of Minna Nordstrom" does not quite fulfill its potential, but the "The Truth About George" certainly does. But even in its weakest moments (and there are not many of those), this series is still funnier than anything else visible on American prime time. So grab up this one and look for the other series as soon as they are available.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse Playhouse is a classic!
I have been waiting 25 years for this classic BBC series! From the moment I saw the first episode, "Unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court", I was hooked on the series. (Witnessing two verse-spouting, chiffon-swirling poets forced to share an estate with blood-thirsty Sir Francis was hilarious. When he snarls 'Ever shot a Gnu?' at the poetess, she squeaks 'I have never even spoken harshly to one.') In every skit, Pauline Collins and John Alderton possess a comic timing so brilliant a Swiss watch would be envious! And I'm not the only one who appreciates them. Friends of mine (who firmly believe the Lord created Sunday for golfing) were in stitches over "Rodney Fails to Qualify". Another friend watching 'The Truth About George' (as Alderton, 'stammering like a soda-water syphon' tries to propose to Pauline, the parson's crossword addicted daughter) said afterwards her sides hurt from laughing. Rent, buy or borrow this series at once! Not only will it give you the most hilarious 210 minutes of laughter you've had in a long while, it will also induce the distributor of this awesome series to deliver the rest of the Wodehouse Playhouse skits. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse in his usual brilliance!!!!
I bought this DVD because of all the Jeeves and Wooster stories I have watched, read, and listened to over the last 18 years. These stories are as superbly written and acted as I expected they would be. P.G. Wodehouse had a way with words that is unsurpassed in the literary field of humor and the stories on these DVD's highlight Wodehouse's ability to entertain with words. The two lead actors are wonderful in their portrayal of Wodehouse's characters and the humor is priceless. Having seen both John Alderton and Pauline Collins on stage live and in this series, they are actors who can play a variety of roles effectively and with passion. I strongly recommend this DVD set to all fans of P.G. Wodehouse's style and humor.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Pipterina!
I say old thing, I didn't even know about this series until I happened upon it here on Amazon. Once I read all the other great reviews I had to have it. Now that I've seen it, I have to review it because it's a jolly good classic. I must say, 6/7 of the episodes are "the tree upon which the fruit of my love hangs." (however, the Minna Nordstrom episode fails to qualify) Before receiving this series, I had already collected all the Jeeves and Wooster DVD sets. I hadn't expected this one to be quite as good, but I actually find that I watch it even more often. As a matter of fact, I probably watch this one the most of all the DVD's I own! John Alderton and Pauline Collins are excellent actors and play the different characters swimmingly. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves British comedy. There are also 2 other seasons out on DVD that I'm looking forward to getting. (hint, hint) If they're anywhere near as good as this season, I know I will love them. Toodle-pip!

5-0 out of 5 stars P. G. Wonderful: The Wodehouse Britcoms
I had no idea who PGW was when I stumbled on these shows, which ran as a summer replacement for some other comedy in the US in 1975. One of them was the funniest thing I've ever seen on TV, and I laughed hysterically. After the summer season, the other show returned. I searched in vain for years to find these classics again, having no idea what they were. Just this year I was rewarded, with their appearance on DVD. In the nearly quarter century between that first show and this DVD, I had luckily stumbled onto (and devoured) PGW's books. I'd also had the great good fortune to watch Jeeves and Wooster, all four seasons having recently found their way onto DVD. Volume One of Wodehouse Playhouse includes seven shows drawn from the Mr. Mulliner stories, with John Alderton playing the various Mulliner relations and Pauline Collins playing everyone else. These are very much stark, stripped down Britcoms: part Vaudeville, part comic play, part slapstick craziness, lively, witty dialogue, with the dynamic duo changing hats and playing all the roles--not unlike the cast of Monty Python or Kids in the Hall. Most of the earlier film adaptations of his stories PGW felt missed the mark; these he introduces and gives his seal of approval in what must be his last TV appearances. Avid readers, of course, have their own ideas of what these characters would look like and how they would act. It helps to suspend that critical faculty and just enjoy these shows for what they are: one of many possible takes on some of the comic Master's best bits. An interesting inclusion is a brief history of the Mulliner, Golf and Drones Club stories from which Wodehouse Playhouse was drawn, by Tony Ring, president of the International Wodehouse Association. All in all, Wodehouse Playhouse is a must have for any devoted reader of the Master or lover of Britcoms. ... Read more


5. Wodehouse Playhouse - Series Two
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The comic stories of P.G. Wodehouse
Jeeves and Wooster are but two in a universe of characters created by the famously prolific Wodehouse, the very soul of dry English wit. This legendary BBC series brings to life many of his other characters, including several members of the eccentric Mulliner clan. Comic virtuosos John Alderton and Pauline Collins (Upstairs, Downstairs; No, Honestly) star in these six hilarious stories, playing different characters in each episode. "An engaging tribute to the master of polished, joyous foolishness" —The Guardian (UK).

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE
P.G. Wodehouse biography, cast filmographies and full-color insert with background notes about the stories and characters
The Stories
Anselm Gets His Chance
Mr. Potter Takes a Rest Cure
Strychnine in the Soup
Feet of Clay
The Nodder
The Code of the Mulliners ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Code of the Mulliners
I have not reviewed the DVD; however, I watched the Code of the Mulliners so many times on PBS in the 70s that I had the dialog pretty well memorized. Cecil Mulliner's mother was going mad. Since we all know that madness is hereditary, Cecil had to get disengaged from the girl he loved but breaking an engagement is against the Code of the Mulliners. However, there were some quite brilliant chaps at the Drones Club to advise him. The solution was to employ a melodrama queen past her prime(Collins) to break things up. At a Savoy luncheon with his mother and fiance, Collins confronted him: "You swine!"...He: "Waiter some wine"... Collins: "You have treated me shabbily"...He: " Waiter! Chablis". To everyone's utter surprise, all turns out right for everyone in the end. Do not miss it. ... Read more


6. Wodehouse Playhouse - Series Three
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5-0 out of 5 stars Every Bit As Good As I & II
Sure, I love Pauline Collins too, but don't let the switch put you off this DVD set. The stories are every bit as funny as the first two volumes and in some respects better for having chosen some of the better P.G. Wodehouse stories. John Alderton is still worth the price of admission all by himself, but if you'll take my advice and come into the thing with an open mind, you might like the new girl very well as well.

2-0 out of 5 stars Without Pauline Collins pass on Wodehouse Playhouse
I would not have bought this DVD if I had known that it was the sans Collins version. First I am a great fan of Wodehouse done well. The PBS Jeeves and Wooster was beautifully done. Playhouse 1 and 2 was in the main beautifully done. Just 2 or 3 weak stories. The Wodehouse series, when played by regular actors, has in essence, some rather dumb scenes and stupid stories. It is the talent of Collins and Alderton that brings a new dimension and makes it so enjoyable. Collins sense of the ridiculous, is superb and quite unique. She has some of the most terrible lines and somehow makes them unforgettable. She:"Pah!", He:"Did you say 'Pah'?", She: "Yes I said Pah. Pah! Pah! Pah!" What can any other actress do with lines like that. Alderton is excellent but Wodehouse is possible without Alderton. Without Collins these stories are not worth much.

2-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing after the first two volumes
I loved the first two volumes of Wodehouse Playhouse, but the third is quite disappointing. To begin with, the wonderful Pauline Collins is missing, and the chemistry between her and John Alderton was priceless. Alas, no actress here comes up to Ms. Collins' zany delivery, and the results are flat. The writing has lost its edge as well, and even the timing seems off. Only "Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo" comes near attaining the hilarious heights of the first two seasons. Completists will find it a necessity, but casual viewers should stick to the first two volumes. ... Read more


7. Secrets of a Windmill Girl
Director: Arnold L. Miller
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Capturing the dazzling energy of London's Soho district in the mid-'60s, this unique record of the legendary Windmill Theater (which stayed open through the WWII blitz) features plenty of stripteases and saucy dancers. Using the theater's real burlesque dancers in all the stage scenes, here's the sordid story of the life and death of one memorable performer. Featuring early appearances by April Wilding (Hands of the Ripper) and Pauline Collins (Upstairs, Downstairs) resplendent in paste jewelry and fishnet stockings ... Read more


8. Shirley Valentine
Director: Lewis Gilbert (II)

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