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Recap: The Women Come To The Fore As War Looms In Episode 2 Of 'Parade's End'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • September 1, 2012 11:52 AM
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“Parade’s End” has already proven divisive. It’s been widely praised by the punditry, but many viewers have expressed frustration with its wilfully muddled structure (apparently a hangover from the even more chronologically confusing books), in which events separated by years and sometimes countries crash together as though occupying contiguous spaces. It doesn’t help, say these critics, that these events then unfold with a minimum of helpful backstory, and little contextualisation, so we drop in mid-conversation or catch mere glimpses of relevant newspaper headlines or have to tell simply by the fact that this minor character is talking to this other minor character, that Something Is Up. It’s challenging for the viewer, and within the genre of the costume drama, which is frequently reduced to who-is-shagging-whom-oh-look-at-that-pretty-hat throughlines, that can be offputting.

Recap: Benedict Cumberbatch & Rebecca Hall Shine In First Part Of Period Miniseries 'Parade's End'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 25, 2012 12:59 PM
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The specter of "Downton Abbey" has been present in the run up to the broadcast of BBC and HBO's new period drama "Parade's End," which aired its first episode in the UK last night (it'll come to the US cable network in the near future, though no exact date has been confirmed yet). Both are lavish period tales in the run up to, midst and aftermath of the first world war, and the star of the latter, Benedict Cumberbatch, didn't help matters much when he labelled the second season of 'Downton' "fucking atrocious" in a recent interview.

Joe Wright Says He Hopes To Shoot The Tom Stoppard Penned 'Anna Karenina' This Fall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 7:31 AM
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Makes A Pretty Strong Hint That Keira Knightley Will Take On The Lead RoleWith his ass-kicking "Hanna" getting ready to do its thing in theaters next month, director Joe Wright already has his eyes on this next project and it's looking more and more likely it will be an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," a project that was first revealed to be in development last fall.

Keira Knightley & Joe Wright May Reteam On New Tom Stoppard-Penned Version Of 'Anna Karenina'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 19, 2010 2:22 AM
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For such an incontestably great piece of literature, it's strange that Leo Tolstoy's novel "Anna Karenina" hasn't been treated better. The 1935 Greta Garbo version is great, and there was a decent British TV version a decade ago with Helen McCrory, Kevin McKidd, Stephen Dillane and Mark Strong, but for the most part, big-screen adaptations have been closer to the most recent film version, Bernard Rose's weak 1997 take with Sophie Marceau, Sean Bean and Alfred Molina. (Fun Fact: as a 9-year-old, this writer nearly got the part of Anna's son in Rose's version. For reals.)

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