Gaudy Night

Gaudy Night

DVD - 2002
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The third installment of Dorothy L. Sayers's famous Harriet Vane mysteries, unfolds at the all female Shrewsbury College at Oxford. Upon returning to Oxford for the first time in years for a school reunion, Harriet Vane is asked by her old professors to turn her talents as a detective writer to practical use. Someone is terrorizing the faculty and students of the college by sending vicious anonymous letters, eventually leading to the destruction of collegiate property and the attack of faculty members. Harriet struggles with the realization that the perpetrator may be a professor as well as the realization of her growing feelings for Lord Peter Wimsey.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Home Video, [2002].
ISBN: 9780790768243
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (150 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.


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Jul 27, 2017

Anytime a book is made into a movie, much is lost. I disagree with the previous reviewer that this is a bad film version. I loved the book so very much, after loving Wimsey through all the first many episodes of his life in Sayers' books, that at first I didn't like either actor's interpretation of him. But upon another view of all the film versions of Peter Wimsey, I find I like them all very much. When we watch Carmichael's films he (Peter) has not yet met and fallen in love with Harriet, so the actor sometimes comes across as a bit fey and shallow. In the Petherbridge films, Peter is already a goner, so there is a melancholy in his interpretations as he is continually rejected by Harriet.

Having said that, there is something I didn't like in this movie, and that was the way the relationship between Bunter and Wimsey is portrayed. Wimsey is condescending, even unkind, to his butler. Given that Bunter saves him on a continual basis, and serves him daily, I didn't like it. In the movies with Ian Carmichael, the relationship between the two men is much more respectful and equal.

Nov 28, 2013

An abysmally bad and maladroit adaptation of one of Dorothy L. Sayers' best novels. Quite apart from the folly of trying to squeeze the events and insights of a long and detailed book into a mere three episodes, numerous changes are made to the plot, none necessary and all for the worse. Indeed, if this plot had been presented to any publisher or producer without Sayers' name attached, I am confident it would have been rejected out of hand. How much worse is it, when a perfectly acceptable plot was ready to hand, to alter it beyond recognition?

Jun 19, 2012

Edward Petherbridge is a much more believable Peter Wimsey than Ian Carmichael.


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