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The Jewel in the Crown


The Jewel in the Crown by A&E Home Video at Movi Ki. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Winner of more than 20 international honors, ''The Jewel in the Crown'' is one of the most popular, most critically acclaimed productions ever broadcast on ''Masterpiece Theatre''. Based on Paul Scott's epic series of novels, ''The Raj Quartet'', it weaves together the stories of unforgettable men and women—from both the ruling and ruled classes—whose lives epitomize the drastic changes brought about by the end of British colonial rule in India. 12-1/2 hours on 4 DVDs, boxed. Simon says:


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Winner of more than 20 international honors, "The Jewel in the Crown" is one of the most popular, most critically acclaimed productions ever broadcast on "Masterpiece Theatre". Based on Paul Scott's epic series of novels, "The Raj Quartet", it weaves together the stories of unforgettable men and women—from both the ruling and ruled classes—whose lives epitomize the drastic changes brought about by the end of British colonial rule in India. 12-1/2 hours on 4 DVDs, boxed. Simon says: Hepatitis and the 1940s Raj (rule) of India didn't quite agree with author Paul Scott, then an officer in the British Indian Army. Later in life, he fondly returned to the country, known to many Brits as the jewel in Britain's crown, to begin his masterpiece. Known collectively as The Raj Quartet, it includes The Jewel in the Crown, Day of the Scorpion, The Towers of Silence, and Division of the Spoils. The Jewel in the Crown, adapted from Paul Scott's Raj Quartet novels, tells the story of the final years before India gained independence in 1947. It is rare for a filmed adaptation to successfully preserve the richness and complexity of a great novel, but this epic miniseries succeeds both as personal drama and historical panorama. In 1942 Daphne Manners, a naive young woman newly arrived in the town of Mayapore, befriends Hari Kumar, an Indian-born journalist who has spent most of his life in England. With his dark skin and educated English accent, Hari feels like an outsider wherever he goes, but Daphne understands his plight and they become romantically involved. Their developing relationship is jealously observed by local police chief Ronald Merrick, a man haunted by his own demons. When the lovers are attacked in the gardens of the ruined Bibighar palace and Daphne is raped, Merrick seizes his opportunity, pins the crime on Hari, and has the young man jailed. Distraught, Daphne flees to her aunt's home in Kashmir, where she dies giving birth to a half-caste child. The focus then shifts to Sarah Layton, a young Englishwoman who becomes fascinated by the story of Daphne and Hari, and who will have her own encounter with Ronald Merrick. The events in the Bibighar gardens become a symbol of the violent struggle for Indian independence, and other symbols--Daphne's bicycle, a length of butterfly lace, a picture of Queen Victoria on an Indian throne--appear and reappear, linking people and events. This helps to give coherence to the plot even as it spans five years and expands to include many characters whose lives intersect in complex and unexpected ways. With a huge cast and breathtaking location photography, The Jewel in the Crown was an enormous undertaking when it was made in the early 1980s. Twenty years later it has lost none of its power, and it remains one of the best films ever made for television. --Simon Leake

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Manufacturer:A&E Home Video
Publisher:A&E Home Video
Studio:A&E Home Video
UPC:733961701845
EAN:9780767034272
Item Weight:1.1 pounds
Item Size:5.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches
Package Weight:0.9 pounds
Package Size:5.3 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches

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