Thursday, March 26, 2009

Little Dorrit on Masterpiece This Sunday



The second to last of the Dickens classics, Little Dorrit, will start this Sunday, March 29th. It's often called Dicken's most moving love story. A brief synopsis:
Amy Dorrit's (Claire Foy) gentle spirit has never been dampened by the confining walls of the Marshalsea Prison she's lived in her whole life. Despite the dark shadow of debtor's prison, Amy lovingly cares for her father William Dorrit (Tom Courtenay), the longest serving inmate. A possibly redemptive light unexpectedly shines in the form of Arthur Clennam (Matthew Macfadyen), who has been left with the intriguing threads of a mystery after his father's death — threads that will intertwine his family and fate with the Dorrits. Clennam's exhaustive search for answers involves murder, fortunes gained and lost, the upper echelons and lowest dregs of society, and most surprising of all, a tender romance. Adapted by Andrew Davies (Bleak House, Pride and Prejudice), Little Dorrit, based on the book by Charles Dickens, is a sprawling story as timely as it is moving.


I intend to watch it for another reason as well. Remember this fellow from another movie? Does he look familiar? Matthew Macfadyen plays Arthur Clennam in Little Dorrit.


Perhaps this will refresh your memory...here Rufus Wainwright sings the words to Shakespeare's Sonnet #29 to scenes from Pride and Prejudice 2005. Sigh....



And here Matthew to my extreme delight (Hello! Shakespeare and Jane Austen combined! I'm undone...)recites Sonnet #29 all by himself. Be still my beating heart.

2 comments:

Bryce and Mandy said...

Sounds like a good story. I will have to watch it if I can remember. I always like a good romance, and you can't go wrong with Matthew Macfadyen. :)

Lula O said...

I watched the first episode last night. So far, an excellent mystery. Dickens was always good at a mystery. And Macfadyen....cute as a button, as always.