Monday, February 22, 2010

Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters
by Elizabeth Gaskell

This superb Masterpiece Theater production is well worth watching. Written by the same author who brought us North and South and Cranford, this drama focuses on the changing nature of relationships from the perspective of Molly Gibson, young daughter of the local doctor, a widower. When her father remarries, Molly is suddenly thrown into the position of having to deal with a step-mother and stepsister whose expectations of Molly's behavior in society does not always create harmony between them. What I find most intriguing about "Wives and Daughters" is the portrayal of familial relationships which are just as relevant today as they were in Gaskell's time. Michael Gambdon's performance as Squire Hamley in this production is excellent. [If you enjoy this, you may also like: North and South and Cranford, both on DVD.] -- recommended by Kim J. - Bennett Martin Public Library

[Also available in VHS, print formats.]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official Wives and Daughters web site from PBS - tons of information! ]

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