Posted: 10/21/2009

 

Affairs Of The Heart

by Del Harvey




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Featuring six classic adaptations of Henry James works, Affairs of the Heart, Series Two was released on DVD from Acorn Media on September 15, 2009.

The series Included such James favorites as An International Episode and Daisy Miller, these superbly adapted and elegantly executed hour-long dramas feature stellar casts and all the subtly and nuance of their literary sources.

The casts’ considerable talents include Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius), Eileen Atkins (Cold Mountain), Sinéad Cusack (North and South), Edward Hardwicke (The Return of Sherlock Holmes), Cheryl Campbell (Chariots of Fire), Daniel Massey (Star!), and Christopher Cazenove (The Duchess of Duke Street).

All the drama of English high society unfolds in the second series of Affairs of the Heart. Adapting some of the best-loved tales of Henry James, this enchanting collection plays out the tensions and travails of late 19th-century romance. In six scintillating episodes, English accents encounter American attitudes to powerful effect.

Episode 1 Title: Emma (Based on the short story “Lord Beauprey”)
Episode 2 Title: Bessie (Based on the novella An International Episode)
Episode 3 Title: Kate (Based on the short story “The Bench of Desolation”)
Episode 4 Title: Daisy (Based on the novella Daisy Miller)
Episode 5 Title: Leonie (Based on the short story “Nona Vincent”)
Episode 6 Title: Elizabeth (Based on the short story “The Great Condition”)

Affairs of the Heart ran for two series (1974-75) and select episodes aired in the United States on cable in the early 1980s. In October 2008, Acorn Media released Affairs of the Heart, Series One on DVD, which featured Diana Rigg, Patricia Routledge, Anton Rodgers, and Jeremy Brett.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.



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