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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Fortunes of War

. What was I doing in 1987? Not, as it turns out, watching this great miniseries on Masterpiece Theater. A friend who raved about the book (BalkanTrilogy, by Olivia Manning) steered me to it and I was able to get it from the library on DVD. A little slow-starting, but mesmerizing once you are into it. The story takes place in Bucharest, Athens, and Cairo on the eve of World War II. Brilliant acting (Thompson and Branagh acting together for the first time), and best of all - the kind of photography and scenic detail - costumes, furniture, architecture, planes, trains - that only the BBC and Merchant Ivory can pull off.

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