Daniel Deronda

Daniel Deronda

DVD - 2007
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Daniel Deronda is sensitive and charming, the illegitimate son of an aristocrat, haunted by the secrets that shroud his birth. Beautiful, vivacious Gwendolen Harleth is a gambler and short on cash. When they meet at the roulette table, sparks fly. But above all, Gwendolen needs money, and the icy aristrocrat Henleigh Grandcourt is more than happy to provide. As her situation becomes more and more oppressive, she turns to Daniel for help-- only to discover his involvement with the young Jewish singer Mirah Lapidoth. Torn between his attraction to Gwendolen and his passion for Mirah and the plight of her people, Daniel is forced to look at his own mysterious past and find out who he really is-- and who he wants to be.
Publisher: [S.l.] : BBC Video : 2 Entertain : Distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2007]
ISBN: 9781419848742
Call Number: DVD F DANI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (210 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: George Eliot's Daniel Deronda


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Dec 28, 2018

Rated 4/10. I found this to be fairly boring, with some unlikeable characters I could care less about.

The actor who played Deronda, and Edward Fox were good, but the others were mediocre.

Aug 02, 2018

if the music, especially the background music had been less annoying, I'd have rated this higher. It is a love story long the lines of Emma but with a profoundly feminist message.

Aug 22, 2017

The standard BBC excellence in video presentation of George Eliot's novel.

Apr 19, 2017

This was an OK adaptation, with Romola Garai playing a difficult role as the naïve, spoiled, financially strapped woman who rejects a lower-class job as a governess. She falls for the bling in a wealthy predator, yet is attracted to the far more sensitive Daniel Deronda (her husband's hubris, though, leads him to an unfortunate smoke break). From the viewpoint of today's diverse culture, it's odd to see that being Jewish was once considered a possible bar to "high society."

Dec 23, 2016

Never read this book, maybe I should. I found this DVD a bit dull. The main female character Gwendolyn is so unpleasant and did things for money and security using her beauty as her currency / value that she sort of ends up with what she deserves. She does want to be a better person she tells Daniel Deronda. A young man abandoned at birth, but raised by his uncle in England. He gets involved with a Jewish woman who seriously affects his life and beliefs. Probably a good introduction for those of us who need to read the book.

Jun 12, 2016

Great adaptation of the novel- and very useful for transposing the 19th century dialogue - which can feel stilted and artificial by today's standards - to produce rounded rather than flat characters. Amazing scenery as well!

Mee2 May 19, 2016

This is one of my favorite movies. It is beautifully crafted and moving. I believe Huge Dancy is perfect as the main character--and I enjoyed the movie more than the book. Romola Garai is an excellent actress, but in my opinion she did not capture Eliot's Gwendolen. And Gwendolen, by the way, is not a gambler as the "Description" here suggests.

Daniel Deronda is a young man of high moral values, soft spoken, who does not spend his life gazing at his belly button. He always tries to do what is best for others, and understands right and wrong. I highly recommend this movie to parents eager to inculcate good values to their children.

Nov 21, 2014

Enjoyable with good acting.

Jul 08, 2014

The lead actress, Romola Garai, who plays Gwendolyn, was simply not right for the part. This is a poor adaptation of a great novel by George Eliot. I do not recommend this.

harrybrowne Mar 18, 2014

Excellent adaptation of Eliot's novel. Beautifully directed, gorgeous scenery, haunting score. Acting is outstanding, with Hugh Dancy and Jodhi May leading the pack. Only negative is Romola Garai as Gwendolyn, she looks as if she is sleepwalking through the part. Eliot is a far superior storyteller to the overrated Jane Austen. A must-see.

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