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Lost Empires

Colin Firth, Laurence Olivier, John Castle & others. Alan Grint, director.
Studio Acorn Media
Format 3 DVDs Full screen
DVD Encoding
Region 1: North America  (What is DVD encoding?)
MPAA Rating
Not Rated
UPC 054961853397
Runtime/Release Date 6 hrs 50 mins/2011
Daedalus Item Code 48247
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Colin Firth leads an all-star cast in this sumptuous PBS miniseries from the late 1980s, adapted from J.B. Priestley's 1965 novel about a young Yorkshireman named Richard Herncastle. Eager to see more of the world, Herncastle (Firth) joins a traveling stage act run by his uncle Nick (John Castle). His new colleagues are singers, dancers, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians, including one (Emmy nominee Laurence Olivier) whose best days are well behind him. Captivated by the group's female performers, Richard embarks upon a series of love affairs as the act tours the length and breadth of pre-war Britain.

"Gorgeously mounted ... filled with wonderful characters and bravura turns.... Heartily recommended."—NY Times

"Thoroughly engrossing."—LA Times

"Lost Empires deserves a standing ovation. It delivers a story that is not dependent upon glitz, special effects, stereotype or threadbare themes. For regular watchers of 'Masterpiece Theatre' … [it] lives up to the series' usual high standards of quality and innovation. And new viewers will find 'Lost Empires' to be a paradise found."—Chicago Sun-Times

"It's eight hours of jugglers, soft-shoe dancers, musicians, magicians, comics, clandestine love affairs, beatings, murder, drugs, dwarfs, depravity and nudity, all played against the music of the age—'Alexander's Ragtime Band,' 'Maple Leaf Rag,' 'Shine on Harvest Moon,' 'Waitin' for the Robert E. Lee,' and 'I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now.' It's illusion on stage, disillusion off, a blend of hard-core reality and soft-core fantasy."—Boston Globe

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