Fortunes of War

DVD - 2005
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Fortunes of War
Mini-series that chronicles the lives of an English couple who live in Bucharest when WWII breaks out.

Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video ; [S.l.] : BBC Video, [2005]
Edition: Full screen
ISBN: 1419805274
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama FORTUNES
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 407 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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Newlyweds Guy and Harriet Pringle find themselves in Eastern Europe at the beginning of World War II. Based on a series of autobiographical novels by Olivia Manning.

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Oct 25, 2014
  • talktimereader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very interesting WWI study of countries we in the west don't often see examined during this time.

Love Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branaugh.

Aug 23, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Lots of day-to-day activity, and no real point ...

Jan 06, 2013
  • mjayh rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Written by a woman, this adventure is largely from a woman's perspective, that of a new bride during wartime in a period when it was more or less accepted that a man's interests come before a wife's happiness. Emma Thompson's character is a strong, intelligent woman who makes the best of a her situation despite feeling abandoned and disheartened by her husband's never-ending preoccupations. This is an oftentimes heart-wrenching story that nevertheless doesn't over sentimentalize. There is some doubt at the end whether the husband will ever be less insensitive.

Mar 30, 2012
  • wendyslife rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing high quality BBC drama mini-series. Doesn't get much better than this.

Aug 21, 2010
  • stuvw27 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Top Notch entertainment for grownups! Not your typical "Masterpiece Theater" production, this series depicts in a sensitive and intelligent manner the evolving relationship of the two main characters as well as some of their friends. Its all about how two people in love come to truly love one another over time and against some of the most difficult history of recent times. I am constantly amazed by the details of this production: the camera angles that travel back in time, the perfect period makeup and costumes, the overall attention to detail is superb. Of course the original novels are a solid foundation that is here built upon with the solid bricks and mortar of a perfect production The acting by one and all is positively stunning. In particular the acting of Branagh and Thompson. Both are able to transmit emotions such as soul-deep anguish and despair simply by "doing nothing." This is acting. Put simply: this is one of the finest television productions of all times.

Jan 02, 2010
  • pbinkley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great performances by Branagh and Thompson, fascinating story. I haven't read the books but will watch for them. Read Olivia Manning's biography on Wikipedia along with it, and watch for the times when the stories diverge!


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