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The good soldier

Author: Julian MitchellPeter Eckersley, (Producer)Kevin BillingtonRobin EllisSusan FleetwoodAll authors
Publisher: [Manchester] : Granada Television ; Silver Spring, MD : Distributed by Acorn Media, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the decade preceding World War I, two wealthy, handsome couples--English Captain Edward Ashburnham and his wife Leonora, and American John Dowell and his wife Florence--meet at a German spa and forge an immediate bond. Through nine seasons at various spas, the splendid foursome lives elegant, perfect lives. But nothing is as it seems. As John says at one point, "My wife and I knew the Captain and his wife Mrs.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Television movies
Melodrama
Made-for-TV movies
Television adaptations
Adaptation
Drama
Film adaptations
Adaptations Drama
Named Person: Ford Madox Ford; Ford Madox Ford; Ford Madox Ford
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Mitchell; Peter Eckersley, (Producer); Kevin Billington; Robin Ellis; Susan Fleetwood; Vickery Turner; Elizabeth Garvie; Jeremy Brett; Pauline Moran; Geoffrey Chater; John Ratzenberger; Ford Madox Ford; Granada Television.; Acorn Media (Firm)
ISBN: 1569389241 9781569389249
OCLC Number: 122012574
Notes: Originally produced for British television broadcast in 1981.
Special features: Cast filmographies, Ford Madox Ford biography [text features].
Credits: Photography, Tony Pierce-Roberts ; film editor, Edward Mansell ; musical direction and original music, John McCabe ; designer, Michael Grimes ; costume designer, Robin Fraser Paye.
Cast: Robin Ellis (John Dowell), Susan Fleetwood (Leonora Ashburnham), Vickery Turner (Florence Dowell), Elizabeth Garvie (Nancy Rufford), Jeremy Brett (Edward Ashburnham), Pauline Moran (Maisie Maidan), Goeffrey Chater (Bagshawe), John Ratzenberger (Jimmy).
Description: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Dolby Digital sound; full screen presentation, aspect ratio 4x3.
Contents: Saddest story --
All good people --
Unlikely friendship --
Everything and nothing --
Poor Maisie --
Sentimental --
Truest of all --
August 4th --
Facing the truth --
Visiting the Ashburnhams --
Desperate --
Tension building --
Dying of love --
Selfish --
Bit of rest.
Responsibility: Granada ; by Ford Madox Ford ; adapted by Julian Mitchell ; producer, Peter Eckersley ; directed by Kevin Billington.

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In the decade preceding World War I, two wealthy, handsome couples--English Captain Edward Ashburnham and his wife Leonora, and American John Dowell and his wife Florence--meet at a German spa and forge an immediate bond. Through nine seasons at various spas, the splendid foursome lives elegant, perfect lives. But nothing is as it seems. As John says at one point, "My wife and I knew the Captain and his wife Mrs. Ashburnham as well as was possible to know anybody. And yet we knew nothing about them at all." The film explores the power games, class snobbery, sexual lies, and lack of intimacy that boil beneath the placid, pristine exteriors the upper classes show the world. The story is presented in flashback, a literary technique Madox Ford helped popularize.

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