In the novels of Henry James, aristocratic Brits and Europeans intermingle with less restrained Americans, seldom with happy results. Based on Washington Square, Daisy Miller, Wings of a Dove, and other novels and stories by James, featuring prominent British actors including Diana Rigg, Jeremy Brett, Rosalind Ayres, and Gayle Hunnicutt, these romantic dramas were filmed for British television in the 1970s and aired in the States in the early 1980s. Series 1 is approx. 351 min. on 2 DVDs.
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Episode 1: Catherine
Based on Washington Square
Unable to match the elegance of her dead mother or meet the expectations of her calculating father, clumsy and shy Catherine Sloper seems set to blindly fall for the charms of an attractive young fortune hunter. However, there may be more to Catherine than meets the eye.
Episode 2: Adela
Based onThe Marriages
Adela Chart enjoys an easy, comfortable home life. Then her widowed father announces his intention to marry the hated Mrs. Churchley and her brother begins an affair that could derail his planned diplomatic career. Feeling her security threatened, Adela devises a plot to eliminate both female interlopers in one stroke.
Episode 3: Miss Tita
Based on The Aspern Papers
A literary scholar takes up lodging in an elderly woman's crumbling Venetian mansion to get his hands on valuable love letters written to her by a Romantic era poet. He also enlists the help of her middle-aged niece, Miss Tita, who quickly becomes smitten with him. Soon Tita decides to find out whether the letters might lead her to love.
Episode 4: Grace
Based on Covering End
In order to keep the country house he has just inherited, an impoverished and politically radical aristocrat faces a stark proposition: marry the daughter of the businessman who holds the mortgage and run for Parliament as a Conservative. But a wealthy young American widow named Grace Gracedew could provide a way out--both for the desperate daughter and the struggling gentleman.
Episode 5: Milly
Based on The Wings of the Dove
Egged on by his money-hungry fiancee, Robert Merton charms a severely ill heiress named Milly Theale. As Milly nears death, she makes a decision about her will that has unforeseen and dramatic consequences for the engaged couple.
Episode 6: Flora
Based on Glasses
"Abnormally pretty" Flora Saunt fears that her fiance, Lord Iffield, will not marry her if he discovers her secret: eyesight so bad that in private she must wear unflattering surgical spectacles. In her determination to overcome her disability, Flora risks losing the love of another suitor devoted to her despite her fading looks.
Episode 7: Mary and Louisa
Based on The Tone of Time and The Real Thing
When Louisa Bridgenorth commissions a generic portrait of "an extremely handsome, distinguished man of not more than thirty," the painter passes the job to fellow artist Mary Tredick. Only when the commission is completed do the two women meet--and recognize each other as former rivals for the love of the portrait's subject, the once dashing Leopoldo Visconti. The encounter sets off a struggle for possession of the painting every bit as intense as the earlier struggle for the man.
- Biography of Henry James
- Cast filmographies
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 351 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
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