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The Miser 

Moliere's great 1668 comedy is relocated to a provincial backwater in Victorian England. Harpagon, a miserable old skinflint, contracts with the matchmaker Frosine for the hand of the ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Simpson

Writers:

Alan Drury (translation), Molière (play)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Christopher Benjamin ... Anselme
Jim Broadbent ... Maitre Jacques
Apple Brook Apple Brook ... Dame Claude
Kate Buffery ... Elise
Peter Chelsom ... Cleante
Ron Cook ... La Fleche
John Gill John Gill ... Magistrate
Nigel Hawthorne ... Harpagon
John Hudson John Hudson ... Valere
Natalie Ogle ... Mariane
Cyril Shaps ... Maitre Simon
Simon Sutton Simon Sutton ... Brindavoine
Janet Suzman ... Frosine
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Moliere's great 1668 comedy is relocated to a provincial backwater in Victorian England. Harpagon, a miserable old skinflint, contracts with the matchmaker Frosine for the hand of the beautiful Mariane. The war between the generations boils over when his son Cleante makes a play for the same young lady. The clever servant, Maitre Jacques, tries without success to talk sense into anyone. The whole situation comes to a head in a surprise ending. Written by John Chapot

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1988 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Good Show!
23 October 2012 | by fubared1See all my reviews

Excellent performance by all concerned of a classic Moliere play. British stalwarts Nigel Hawthorne, Janet Suzman, and Jim Broadbent are all wonderful, as is the the remainder of the relatively unknown supporting cast. The style may be overly theatrical for the medium, but it works well here, given the nature of the play. My only serious quibble would be with the all-too-British translation. I wish they had used the Wilbur translation which retains the poetry of the original. It's like Shakespeare in modern English without the verse. Molier wrote in rhymed verse and the translation should reflect that. Watch out for one of those delightfully happy, but totally unbelievable endings.


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