Re: Gormenghast

John Holland (jholland@chipublib.org)
Thu, 31 May 2001 09:40:57 -0700 (PDT)

$34.98 DVD, $29.98 VHS. Listed on the Facets, Midwest, Amazon, Movies Unltd
websites.

Carol Dunn wrote:

> what's the price?
>
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> Subject: Re: Gormenghast
>
> July 3 street date for the DVD (and probably VHS too).
>
> Carol Dunn wrote:
>
> > WAY OFF THE TOPIC: For those of you who love Fantasy, PBS is finally
> > going to air the BBC mini-series, Gormenghast. I saw it on BBC America,
> > and it was wonderful! Don't miss it. Hopefully it will be for sale soon
> > on DVD/Video. June 27 and 28 at 9pm ET (see details below) www.pbs.org
> > Regards,
> > Carol Dunn
> > Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
> > 206 Broadway
> > Findlay, Ohio 45840
> > www.findlay.lib.oh.us
> > Telephone: 419.422.1712
> > Fax: 419.422-0638
> >
> > A gothic masterpiece comes breathtakingly to life in a lavish four-hour
> > adaptation of GORMENGHAST, airing on PBS Wednesday and Thursday, June 27
> and
> > 28, 2001, 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings). Based on Mervyn Peake's
> > Gormenghast trilogy, the program presents an epic fantasy in the tradition
> > of Dune and The Lord of the Rings.
> >
> > Five years in the making, GORMENGHAST is one of the most ambitious
> > undertakings in British television history. Enhancing the sense of magic
> and
> > majesty are 120 elaborate sets and a magnificent array of costumes,
> > recreating the richly imagined world of a book familiar to three
> generations
> > of readers.
> >
> > Set in the sprawling tumbledown castle of Gormenghast, the story features
> a
> > menagerie of weird and colorful characters that plot, seduce, murder, go
> mad
> > and otherwise cope in an ageless and increasingly corrupt society.
> >
> > Ian Richardson (House of Cards trilogy) stars as Lord Groan, head of the
> > ancient family of Groan and 76th Earl of Gormenghast. A bibliomaniac, he
> > turns into a simple maniac when his books go up in flames thanks to a
> > nefarious arson plot designed to unhinge his mind.
> >
> > Horror movie legend Christopher Lee (The Curse of Frankenstein, soon to be
> > seen in The Lord of the Rings) plays Flay, Groan's cadaverous manservant.
> > Exiled for mistreating one of the palace cats, he remains faithful to the
> > dynasty in his search to discover the evil genius who is destroying it.
> >
> > Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Titus, Velvet Goldmine) plays the arch villain
> > Steerpike, who rises from kitchen boy to Master of the Ritual as he plots
> to
> > topple the House of Groan and take over.
> >
> > The cast of GORMENGHAST also includes Celia Imrie (Star Wars, Hilary and
> > Jackie) as Gertrude, Countess of Groan, a bird- and cat-fancier who
> > instructs her newborn son's nanny, "Bring him back when he's six"; Neve
> > McIntosh (Lady Audley's Secret) as Fuchsia, Gormenghast's spoiled princess
> > and Steerpike's doting pawn; John Sessions as Prunesquallor, the bizarre
> > surgeon-in-chief who has more on the ball than it appears; Richard
> Griffiths
> > (Hope and Glory; the upcoming Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) as
> > Swelter, the homicidal head of the palace kitchens; Zoe Wanamaker (David
> > Copperfield) and Lynsey Baxter as demented twin aunts, Clarice and Cora,
> > whose fixation on the trappings of power leads them into a ruinous
> alliance
> > with Steerpike, and Stephen Fry (Jeeves and Wooster) as the narcoleptic
> > Professor Bellgrove.
> >
> > Mervyn Peake concocted the fantasy world of Gormenghast during his British
> > Army service in World War II. At first, he had difficulty finding a
> > publisher, but with the appearance of Titus Groan in 1946, he developed a
> > cult following that eventually encompassed teenagers as well as literary
> > critics. Peake died in 1968 at age 57.
> >
> > "The Gormenghast trilogy is about Titus Groan and his ascent toward
> > manhood," wrote Robert Ostermann in the National Observer. "But to speak
> of
> > these novels as being 'about' anything is as inadequate as saying The
> > Odyssey is about a man trying to get home to his wife. Such fiction is
> first
> > and foremost about itself ... and it imposes itself with obsessive force
> on
> > the reader."
> >
> > Day & time: check with your local station
>
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John Holland
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