Peer into the drawing rooms of Victorian high society in these vintage adaptations of the writings of Henry James. Based on Washington Square, The Wings of the Dove, Daisy Miller, and other classic novels and stories, these romantic dramas feature prominent British actors including Jeremy Brett, Diana Rigg, Derek Jacobi, and Eileen Atkins. Series Two is 6 episodes; approx. 302 min. on 2 DVDs.
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Episode 1: Emma
Based on "Lord Beauprey"
Emma Gosselin and Guy Beauprey have been friends since childhood, but their relationship takes a twist when he inherits a family fortune. Guy asks Emma to enter into an engagement of convenience to ward off his more persistent admirers. An amorous American complicates matters for Emma, as do the machinations of her meddling mother.
Episode 2: Bessie
Based onAn International Episode
Everything that American Bessie Alden knows and loves about England and the aristocracy comes from books. When she meets the charming and eager Lord Lambeth, he seems like the perfect catch. However, Lambeth's mother moves to block the romance. Can Bessie outmaneuver her?
Episode 3: Kate
Based on "The Bench of Desolation"
When bookstore owner Herbert Dodd breaks off his engagement to Kate Cookham, she embarks on a drastic course of action both to ruin him and to win him back. Despite Herbert's mounting enmity, Kate sticks to her plan, vowing to repay her former lover--with interest.
Episode 4: Daisy
Based onDaisy Miller
With scant regard for convention, upstate New Yorker Daisy Miller flirts her way from Lake Geneva to Rome. Her actions dismay admirer Frederick Winterbourne, whose English reserve prevents him from being as demonstrative as his Italian rivals. It takes a tragedy to reveal the hidden feelings on all sides.
Episode 5: Leonie
Based on "Nona Vincent"
Leonie Alsager will do almost anything to make her young lover's new play a success, including secretly financing its production. But she soon realizes what success will really require--and its high personal cost. Leonie must decide whether she's willing to pay the price.
Episode 6: Elizabeth
Based on "The Great Condition"
Bertram Braddle and Henry Chilver compete for the affections of Elizabeth Damerel, a mysterious woman from the American Midwest. While Henry rushes headlong into romance, Bertram investigates the secrets of Elizabeth's former life.
- Biography of Henry James
- Cast filmographies
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 302 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
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