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|To the Lighthouse|
Actors: Rosemary Harris, Michael Gough, Suzanne Bertish, Lynsey Baxter, Pippa Guard
Director: Colin Gregg
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Kids & Family, Television
Studio: Monterey Home Video Release Date: 03/09/2004 Rating: Nr
Captures the meloncoly mood of the Virginia Woolf novel
Linda Linguvic | New York City | 08/17/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This 1983 British made-for-TV adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel begins with the Ramsay family vacationing in their summerhouse in Cornwell shortly before WWI. Rosemary Harris plays the mother, the ideal woman of the time, who forgives her husband's outbursts of temper and is loving to her six growing children, summer guests, and neighbors. Michael Gough plays the husband, an educator who is frustrated by the confines of family life, and Kenneth Branagh plays a graduate student with strong political beliefs. Constant throughout is the six-year old son's request for a trip to the lighthouse, but the weather is never quite right. It's symbolic, of course, as it stands off in the distance, a future adventure that keeps being postponed.The essence of the Woolf story is well captured although some of the characters were left out. But we get to see a piece of the seemingly idyllic world through the eyes of the family and the resultant effects of the following ten years, which are filled with tragedy. Cinematography is excellent, capturing the mood and beauty of the English countryside. It's a melancholy story that keeps getting sadder as it moves through time. And so, when the coveted trip to the lighthouse actually happens, it seems anticlimactic although this act is the glue that holds the story together.I watched the first half of this video on one day and the rest of it on the next. In this way, I was able to enjoy the acting and the atmosphere. As I had read the book, there were no surprises and my interest was less in the storyline than how it was presented. This kept me from being bored because the story is really very slow. Virginia Woolf fans will like it. Others might wonder what all the fuss is about. I enjoyed it."
To the Lighthouse
Linda Linguvic | 01/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Anyone who understands Virginia Woolf cannot but enjoy this adaptation of one of her most famous and well-known writings. It is a study of a family on their annual holiday. Transition is afoot as one observes the time-held tradition of that holiday against the world on the edge of World War I. Throughout the film, the juxtaposition of old world versus new world is evident: the aging professor (Mr Ramsey) and his wife versus their children who are coming of age at a time when their world will be shattered by WWI; Mr Ramsey's young student guest for the holiday (who so reminds Mr Ramsey of himself) so full of science, yet stuffed and conservative versus the daughter who questions her lot in life in; another guest - Lily the 'spinster' versus Mrs Ramsey the matron. It is also a film about the modern woman (Lilly) versus the old-world woman (Mrs Ramsey). Mrs. Ramsey can never understand a world outside the confines of her husband and children; Lilly on the other hand, dreams of being a great painter among a world of men. This is a film of coming of age - both personally and worldly. This isn't a film about any "star" or Hollywood hoopla. If you are looking for this element, you best look elsewhere. This a mindful look into human frailty and the gaps each generation tries to bridge."
Sweepingly beautiful photography
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 05/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Starring two-time British Academy Award winner Kenneth Branagh and Emmy and Golden Globe Winner Rosemary Harris, Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse is the 115 minute, full color, visually impressive DVD adaptation of Virginia Woolf's classic novel about treasuring the moments in this mortal world, where war, illness, sudden accident, or the simple passage of time inevitably brings about loss. Sweepingly beautiful photography, and the heartfelt treasure of family and friends sharing a summer before going their separate ways makes for a lasting tale of emotion and love. DVD exclusives include notes about the author, about the cast, and about the novel itself, as well as a variety of discussion topics."