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Title:
Daniel Deronda
Other title(s):
George Eliot's Daniel Deronda
Uniform Title:
Daniel Deronda (Television program)
ISBN:
9781419848742

9781419848797
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : BBC Video : 2 Entertain : Distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2007]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (210 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
From the novel by George Eliot.

Originally produced as a television mini-series in 2002.

"BBC video classics"--Container.

Also issued in 5-disc set: The George Eliot collection.

Special features: Cast & crew biographies (Hugh Dancy, Romola Garai, Hugh Bonneville, Jodhi May, Edward Fox, Greta Scacchi, Barbara Hershey, Andrew Davies, Tom Hooper, George Eliot); behind-the-scenes photo gallery; 30 minutes of footage not seen on American TV.
Contents:
Episode 1 (90 min.) -- Episode 2 (59 min.) -- Episode 3 (56 min.).
Summary:
Daniel Deronda is sensitive and charming, the illegitimate son of an aristocrat, haunted by the secrets that shroud his birth. Beautiful, vivacious Gwendolen Harleth is a gambler and short on cash. When they meet at the roulette table, sparks fly. But above all, Gwendolen needs money, and the icy aristrocrat Henleigh Grandcourt is more than happy to provide. As her situation becomes more and more oppressive, she turns to Daniel for help-- only to discover his involvement with the young Jewish singer Mirah Lapidoth. Torn between his attraction to Gwendolen and his passion for Mirah and the plight of her people, Daniel is forced to look at his own mysterious past and find out who he really is-- and who he wants to be.
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Produced for British television, Daniel Deronda was adapted from George Eliot's final novel, written in 1874 (and first filmed in 1921). As was her habit, Eliot laid bare the hypocrisy and venality of Victorian-era "class culture," at the same time admitting that a certain amount of conformity was necessary if one hoped to survive in a world where nonconformity was not only looked down upon but actively suppressed. Essentially, both the novel and the TV presentation are comprised of two separate stories, linked together by the titular Daniel Deronda (Hugh Dancy), a young man of Jewish heritage. In the main narrative, Daniel is attracted to the spoiled, headstrong Gwendolen Harleth (Romola Garai), who is reluctantly poised to enter into a marriage of convenience with the wealthy, snobbish, and intensely anti-Semitic Henleigh Grancourt (Hugh Bonneville). This romantic intrigue is played against the curious relationship between Daniel and the Zionist visionary Mordecai (Daniel Evans), who tirelessly proselytizes in favor of a permanent homeland for the Jewish people. Things come to a head when Daniel finds himself falling in love with Mordecai's sister Mirah (Jodhi May). Originally telecast in three parts on the BBC beginning December 7, 2002, Daniel Deronda was re-edited as a two-parter for the PBS anthology Masterpiece Theatre, where it first aired on March 30, 2003. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi