A Dance to the Music of Time

A Dance to the Music of Time

DVD - 2007
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Chronicles a half century of British upper-class life through the eyes of Nicholas Jenkins, from the 1920s to the 1960s. See how friendship, adultery, ambition, and failure play out in London's social, political, and artistic scenes.

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mrgordon
Jun 28, 2017

The book, of course, is much more scathingly accurate in its no holds barred portrayal of the English middle and upper classes in that time period, which was Anthony Powells lifespan, one in which he moved comfortably between those two areas. All of the plot action is based on events and trends in his life. A website of the same name will clue you in and also indicate the last minute reduction in financial committnent to the miniseries, making it shorter and reducing characters. Also the biography of Powell, in the system, is a good read.

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ralwal
Jun 28, 2017

I kept waiting for a story to develop, but after four parts and nothing was happening but party after party, I quit. I'm a Brit, but found some accents too plummy to understand, especially over music. Much ado about nothing really!

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barbbicycle
Aug 21, 2015

Superb series. Shows how life evolves with age and how teenagers become adults and their views of life change due to circumstances.

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amethyst9
Aug 05, 2013

I liked the first two DVDs better than the second two. In the earlier ones, the characters are students in secondary school and university and it ends with the beginning of WW II when they are in (perhaps) their early 30s. In the final DVD, some of the main characters are portrayed using different actors. Much of the action is conveyed through dialogue.

hania4987 Jul 02, 2013

disappointing and plodding.

Despite the parade of English eccentrics and the cavalcade of British TV and film stars, the story never seemed to coalesce.

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re_discover
Apr 22, 2013

I only got through three episodes. Not engaging at all.

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22950004968244
Apr 15, 2013

Only got interesting on the second disk. The author really bullies the social climber character while the upper class characters are teated fairly lightly especially the writer character who probably represents himself. This character sails though blameless and relatively serene. He seems to be saying that things were better with the older class system. The last disk's post war chaotic society -- once the old order finished -- adds to this.

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macierules
Mar 08, 2013

Reducing a 12-volume novel into a TV production must have been a harrowing job for the screenwriter... I watched it as a companion piece to the books, and it did help tremendously keeping track of the many characters. The production was beautiful and the acting good.

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mjayh
Sep 05, 2012

Very slow to get going, and not terribly engaging, but it does do a very good job of capturing the mood of the period. It would seem no expense was spared.

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melamb
Sep 06, 2010

The last installment is rather silly. The series ought to have ended at the end of the war.

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