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THE CLASSIC BBC HISTORICAL DRAMA SERIES. A stunning dramatisation of the decline and fall of the Hapsburgs, Romanovs and Hohenzollerns. In the latter half of the 19th Century, three ruling houses dominated Europe: the Hapsburgs of Austria-Hungary, the Romanovs of Russia and Hohenzollerns of Germany. Centuries of despotism, a continued lack of social reform and the advent of the devastating First World War caused the vultures of revolution to start circling. This 13-part epic drama features a who's who of Britain's finest actors, bringing the historical figures richly to life. SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: cast and director interviews, photo gallery.
'Impressive' --The Daily Telegraph
'Strong Performances' --The Times
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Addenda : 14 janvier 2014 : une mention particulière à accorder à la musique des génériques ... Au début, la sinistre fanfare de la marche funèbre, 1er mouvement de la 5ème Symphonie de Gustav MAHLER ... A la fin, l'arche tragique du premier mouvement de la 6ème Symphonie de Dmitri Chostakovitch ... Soit le crèpe noir de la pompe de la mise au tombeau des "Aigles" et l'expression cataclysmique accentuée degré par degré, de leur chute !!!
Addenda : 26 février 2014 : s'il est une chose que je PRIE Amazon de faire, c'est de diffuser la version française de ce CHEF D'OEUVRE télévisuel ... Elle EXISTE puisqu'elle a été diffusée sur la RTB (télévision belge franophone) à partir du 20 septembre 1976 et sur une chaîne française (je ne me souviens plus de laquelle) chaque dimanche après-midi à partir du 15 juillet 1979 ...
J'ai bien sûr tenté d'aller au delà de ces impressions négatives pour me concentrer sur le témoignage historique , mais j'ai vraiment été gênée par une lourdeur persistante , des décors approximatifs et un manque de liant dans l'ensemble .
Fall of eagles a mal vieilli, il faut bien le reconnaître !
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Second, I wish it had gone into the causes of the war a little more.
Third, I wish it had gone into the war itself a little more.
Out a a 13-part series, probably 11 parts were devoted to telling us just why these stupid royals so richly deserved the downfall that awaited them. I have no problem with that. But the fact remains that the three dynasties described would probably have gone on for another fifty years or even longer if the war hadn't come along. Most of the buildup had little to do with the war, and most of the action happened off-camera.
I read the book this was based on many years ago but I don't remember it as well as I'd like to. I think this series follows the book fairly well, but apparently it was made on a limited budget so most of the real action happened off-camera; for instance, when the heir to the Austrian throne was killed (the incident that most directly led to the war) that happened off camera and all we get are people's reactions to it. I would have liked to see a little more, although I understand that these miniseries from the 1970s and such were limited as to what they could do on camera. Maybe a remake...
But I waste time being wistful. What's there is very good, and the assembled cast of British character actors is as fine as you'll see: Michael Hordern, Charles Kay, Patrick Stewart and Curt Jurgens to name a few. The episode on Mayerling was downright riveting, like watching a detective story. Fine performances throughout and a great deal of stuff to learn.
I still miss the subtitles, though.
The acting is absolutely the finest ever done and the costuming is 4-star.
Done when many future "greats" were just beginning their careers which adds to the enjoyment.
Set in the years prior to World War I, it concentrates one the three royal families of Germany, Russia and Austria and how they and their ministers bungled into the most disasterious war in history. None of these "Royal Houses" survived the war and when you watch their stubberness, stupidity and down-right arrogance on display... it's a wonder they survived as long as they did.
If you love history and good acting, this is for you.
The key players were inter related and all had ego's to satisfy.
This outcome of this conflict was the reason for WW2 based on
what Germany was stripped of from the Versailles treaty and
the bitterness which resulted from it. If you look at a map of
Europe pre WW1 and a post WW1 map of Europe and take
the time to compare you'll understand better the reasons for
conflicts taking place this very day around Serbia.
This dvd is also very usefull in understanding the role Hungary
played before and after WW1. The split from Austria was
inevitable and this dvd shows the key players responsable
for the split.