Bleak House

Bleak House

DVD - 2006
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The icily beautiful Lady Dedlock faces the revelation of her dark past once Mr. Tulkinghorn catches wind of it. Esther's background also comes to light after the murder of a strange man.

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duanetucker
Oct 10, 2017

Huge mistake to try and compress a bulky novel into 8 hours without deeper cuts. Can’t be done. Result: too many characters come off as cardboard and situations as contrived.

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DUVIDL
Sep 13, 2017

I must disagree with Charles Dance`s belief that his character is a repressed homosexual. Turkenhorn is obviously a repressed heterosexual, as his treatment of Lady Dedlock is plainly emotional/psychological rape. His treatment of others in his power is merely an exercise of power. His treatment of Lady Dedlock is irrationally dangerous as, if the lady had defied him and confessed all to her husband, Turkenhorn`s fall would have been swift and final. In his arrogance he has forgotten he is not a peer of the realm or these people`s good friend - He is their employee, his livelihood based on trust and obedience. Once that`s broken with one, the rest will follow suit, and he will be in the Marshalsea before he knows it. I also disagree with Dance`s opinion that Turkenhorn is the evilest character Dickens created. THAT title (at least for this story) belongs to the shallow, subtly lethal Skimpole, a true monster made even more deadly by the fact people tend to underestimate his deadliness. HE Gives Me The Shivers!

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trcookIIImddmd
Jul 29, 2017

"John Jarndyce is an unwilling party in Jarndyce and Jarndyce, guardian of Richard, Ada, and Esther, and owner of Bleak House. Vladimir Nabokov called him "one of the best and kindest human beings ever described in a novel"."
A wonderful film full of Dickensian characters. The actors are superbly cast and the acting is exquisite. A brilliant British period piece.

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blue_wolf_1165
May 29, 2016

Really well done. Maybe a bit too ominous at times, but overall not bad. Was anyone else annoyed with Esther's hairstyling choices?

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erinsnest
Jan 21, 2016

Jan 15 2016, Finally got around to watching this and enjoyed it. Might watch it again one day on a snowy weekend. I didn't catch on that Lady Dedlock was Scully until about 1/2 way through. Then I was floored, and fascinated!

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LittleNoName
Dec 17, 2015

Really enjoyed this story. Havent read the bookbut maybe will someday. Only reason I took half a star off was the filming was a bit dark &, at times, too close to see the surroundings which I felt dampered the feeling of how things were in that era.

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rick7white
Oct 21, 2015

Well Done.

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Michelle_1988
Sep 25, 2015

Highly commended! It wasn't exactly what I expected. It was more. Great mystery movie!

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talktimereader
Jul 20, 2015

Arguably the greatest mystery novel ever written, the movie does great credit to the book, but there is nothing like the book...a must read.

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Nov 15, 2014

This adaptation is amazing. Gillian Anderson is one of those amazing actresses who is believable as an American detective, a 19th centurty artistocrat, or a Northern Irish detective. Also really enjoyed Anna Maxwell Martin and have been seeking out everything she's been in.

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Monolith
Dec 10, 2012

Smallweed (to his granddaughter): "SHAKE ME UP, JUDY!!"

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Monolith
Dec 10, 2012

Boythorn (anonymously blurts out as Sir Leicester and Lady Dedlock are entering church): "Sir Arrogant Numbskull!"

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Monolith
Dec 10, 2012

Krook (about Nemo): "...They say he sold his soul to the Devil. If he did, I don't know what he did with the money!"

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Feb 13, 2008

pod thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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