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Le Pere Goriot [Feb. 3rd, 2008|11:59 am]
Tony Grist
You know what- they should take La Comedie Humaine and mash it all up together and turn it into the longest costume drama-soap opera ever.

By "they" I mean the BBC. Only they won't  because the Brits and the Yanks (who constitute the Beeb's primary overseas market) are such frightful xenophobes. Instead they'll keep on rehashing over-familiar titles by Austen and Dickens, with the occasional foray into minor authors like Gaskell.

Balzac is just crying out to be done on TV. Maybe it happens in France. But we won't import foreign language shows. Perish the thought!

I'm halfway through Le Pere Goriot. It's exciting. I mean here's a novel that's over 150 years old and it's a page-turner. The wonderful Vautrin (boo, hiss) has been trying to win young Rastignac over to the dark side. Will he succeed? Probably not- because Rastignac (who reminds me of d'Artagnan) seems like a basically good egg- but I love it that I don't know. This novel has two plot-lines- one of them a version of Faust and the other a version of King Lear. It's tremendous.

[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2008-02-03 06:10 pm (UTC)
Sooner or later they will run out of Austen, Trollope, Gaskell and Dickens, (although Mansfield Park and The Small House at Allington could do with a whirl) and they will need to do something else with the costume drama slot. Why not Balzac?

And how the same actors do the rounds! I spend the whole episode thinking "now, what was she in before...". Julia Sawalha as the sensible miss who is unlikely to marry, Barbara Flynn as the rich stuck up lady, Liz Smith as the mad old biddy... Judi Dench as Judi Dench...

Off to watch "Lark Rise to Candleford" next. I love the whole lot of them!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-02-03 08:11 pm (UTC)
We haven't had any Trollope for a while.

But with Dickens and Austen they just keep remaking the old chestnuts. How many versions of Oliver Twist have there been thus far?
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2008-02-03 07:16 pm (UTC)
This novel has two plot-lines- one of them a version of Faust and the other a version of King Lear. It's tremendous.

It sounds it!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-02-03 08:14 pm (UTC)
Mind you, the bit I've just got to- where Vautrin slips something into Rastignac's drink and then Mlle Michonneau slips something into Vautrin's drink is really a bit silly.
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