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||IMDB Rating: 7.0/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 04 Apr 1993 /
||Director: Norman Stone,
||Synopsis: In the 1830's in northern England, Riah Millican, a widow with three children, takes a job as housekeeper to a reclusive former teacher, Percival Miller. Miller makes Riah the gift of a ...
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Although I've never read a Catherine Cookson novel, I've seen a few of
these '90s-era adaptations of her work now and they're all splendidly
evocative renditions of her writing.
THE BLACK VELVET GOWN is a case in point: it's a well-paced and
engaging saga charting the fortunes of a poor family in mid-19th
century County Durham. One of the most interesting things about this
saga is that it's devoid of cliché, and you're never quite sure where
the story's going to end up.
In essence, this TV movie is made up of two parts. The first features
Bob Peck's Percival Miller, a slightly odd man, reclusive in nature,
who takes on a housekeeper and her children. The story that develops
between the characters looks like it will follow well-worn routines,
but in fact it doesn't; there's a twist that comes totally out of left
field and one which I found very moving. Peck gives a physical
performance in this one: all staring eyes and gnashing teeth. The
camera loves him, and I loved his character. As the put-upon heroine,
Janet McTeer looks and breathes the part, living in the era like few
actors can manage.
The second half moves forward in time to chart the fortunes of
Geraldine Somerville, then breaking into acting for the first time with
this her first major role. She's wonderfully: icy and fragile, a
character who follows her own internal convictions rather than those of
society. The film features some intense conflict and wonderfully
understated little character moments.
Director Norman Stone handled some of the best Cookson adaptations
(including Robson Greene's THE GAMBLING MAN) and this is another
highlight of his career; a strong, compelling take on a classic
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