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The Countess Alice 

A reporter is assigned a then-and-now piece on a 50-year old photospread of three society beauties. One of them, Lady Alice Munroe, now the widowed Grafin von Holzendorf, has agreed to be ... See full summary »

Director:

Moira Armstrong

Writer:

Allan Cubitt
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Hiller ... Countess Alice von Holzendorf
Zoë Wanamaker ... Connie
Duncan Bell Duncan Bell ... Nick Black
Patricia Quinn ... Margot
Lucinda Fisher Lucinda Fisher ... Jane
Sylvia Barter Sylvia Barter ... Tilly
Madge Ryan ... Beattie
Chris Stanton Chris Stanton ... Vicar
Martin Wimbush Martin Wimbush ... Jeremy
Hannah Cresswell Hannah Cresswell ... Debbie
James Appleby James Appleby ... Cab Driver
Terence Donovan Terence Donovan ... Himself
Sarah Crowden ... Sarah
Jane van Hool Jane van Hool ... Vivian (as Jan Van Hool)
Carl Duering ... German Taxi Driver
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Storyline

A reporter is assigned a then-and-now piece on a 50-year old photospread of three society beauties. One of them, Lady Alice Munroe, now the widowed Grafin von Holzendorf, has agreed to be interviewed. A few questions set the Grafin's daughter, Connie, thinking about her past, and she sets off for her fatherland, now that the Berlin wall is down, to find out where she comes from. But what she finds out may destroy her relationship with her mother. Written by Kathy Li

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Drama

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

24 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Wendy Hiller's final film. See more »

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Wonderful rarely seen gem
29 December 2003 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

Wendy Hiller is one of my all time favourite actresses and in this she shines as an aging countess interviewed for a then-and-now piece in a magazine. Her daughter, Konstanze, played by Zoe Wannamaker, urges her to revisit her dead husband's home in Germany where Konstanze was born. Alice refuses but Konnie goes anyway and a whole chestload of secrets tumbles out. Never sentimental, the film reflects a rare adult glimpse at a mother and daughter relationship. This should be shown more often, it is a true delight. 9 out of 10.


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