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Birdsong

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Birdsong
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Birdsong is the story of Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman who arrives in Amiens in Northern France to stay with the Azaire family and falls desperately in love with Isabelle Azaire. They begin an illicit and all-consuming affair, but the relationship falters. Years later, Stephen finds himself serving on the Western Front in the very area where he experienced his great love. He must learn to endure the ravages of war and make peace with his feelings for Isabelle.
Title: Birdsong
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : PBS, 2012
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (165 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: a WTTV Working Title Television/Masterpiece co-production with NBC Universal for the BBC ; producer, Lynn Horsford ; screenplay by Abi Morgan ; director, Philip Martin
Notes: Title from container
Based on the novel "Birdsong" by Sebastian Faulks
Originally broadcast on the PBS network as single episodes of a television series in 2011
Special features: The love story; behind the scenes; the war story
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: Birdsong is the story of Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman who arrives in Amiens in Northern France to stay with the Azaire family and falls desperately in love with Isabelle Azaire. They begin an illicit and all-consuming affair, but the relationship falters. Years later, Stephen finds himself serving on the Western Front in the very area where he experienced his great love. He must learn to endure the ravages of war and make peace with his feelings for Isabelle.
ISBN: 9781608836611
1608836614
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama BIRDSONG
Performers: Eddie Redmayne, Clémence Poésy, Joseph Mawle, Anthony Andrews, Marie-Josée Croze, Laurent Lafitte, Richard Madden.
System Details: DVD, widescreen presentation; 5.1 Surround, NTSC
Other Language: Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationships Drama World War, 1914-1918 Drama
Genre/Form: Television series
War television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
World War, 1914-1918
Publisher No: MST64211 PBS
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Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman falls desperately in love on a visit to Northern France. Years later, Stephen returns there as a soldier facing the trench warfare of World War I. Based on the novel by Sebastian Faulks.


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Apr 27, 2014
  • melginboo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Poignant, heart wrenching and beautiful. The horrors of war juxtaposed with an illicit love story. Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen from age 20, newly arrived in Amiens through WWI as an officer in the British Army stationed near the area where he met Isabelle. This made for TV movie surpassed my expectations, I highly recommend it especially if one likes historical, war or period movies.

Dec 17, 2013
  • harrybrowne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent production from start to finish. Big plus to this film is that it does not glorify or romanticize war. Instead, it shows war to be the bloody hell that it is, as well as its utter futility. Scenery and music are beautiful. Acting is good although a little monotonous. Worth seeing for the portrayal of WWI.

Nov 02, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie I would recommend this movie for all to see. The characters were interesting and it had a good plot. I enjoyed it. No fast forwarding on this one.

Apr 24, 2013
  • decarabas rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Is it just me or does Eddie Redmayne only have one facial expression?

Apr 15, 2013
  • beatrice6368 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

One of the worst 'book to film' adaptions I've seen in a long time. So slow and as someone else said ... the 'smouldering looks' are overused by Redmayne to the point of annoyance and it becomes funny. The storyline was buried in the slow pace and I stopped before the end. Having read and enjoyed the book, I was thoroughly disappointed.

War is hell, adultery is fun, except if someone has a baby, war is hell (oh, sorry, we did that), people who give you world-changing advice die thereafter, but you can always go back to your lover's sister and your own illegitimate child. Sorry, what was the point of this movie?

Dec 16, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Eddie Redmayne plays Wraysford, a British officer in WWI. I have a feeling that this is one of his best acted movies. We see his acting where he becomes a captive of a hot, passionate, illicit romance with a married, French woman. I say acting because he needs to pretend first in front of the woman that he is not interested, and then later in front of the husband that there is nothing going on. In entirely different scenes, Redmayne experiences the horrors of WWI, which was incredibly deadly and from what I have read, incredibly senseless and stupid (lesson number one). The second lesson, comes from the lips of Firebrace, a subordinate of Wraysford, and comes in the last few minutes of this two part Masterpiece Classic, 165 minute movie.

Oct 23, 2012
  • mjayh rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Heaven spare me any more of Eddie Redmayne's long smoldering looks. His silent, fierce emoting borders on the ridiculous. Every once in a while a PBS production disappoints and this was one of those times--although judged as TV fare, which it was originally, I suppose it might rank better than average.

Jun 18, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good film overall, although very centered on the romance between the two main characters. I thought that Eddie Redmayne and Clémence Poésy were both spectacular choices as leads though.

As well, on a historical note, the Battle of the Somme was well summed up by Stephen in the movie. Notice the tin plates attached to the soldiers rucksacks going into battle. Just another one of the things that went wrong that morning, along with the early explosion of Hawthorne Ridge, unexplained yet to this day.

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Dec 16, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 18, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Sexual Content: Full frontal nudity

Violence: A lot of gore, and basically everything you could expect in a brutal war film

Jun 18, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Nudity

Jun 18, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: Battle scenes, blood and gore

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Nov 02, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

Nov 02, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“Those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither.”-Ben Franklin

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