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Tony Palmer's Film About Henry Purcell - England, My England

Tony Palmer's  Film About Henry Purcell - England, My England-Movies
ID: TPDVD151 (EAN: 604388726103)  | 1 DVD
Tony Palmer
OSBORNE, John James | PURCELL, Henry
BALL, Michael | DOBTCHEFF, Vernon | Game Percussion Ensemble | OSBORNE, John James | PALMER, Tony | WOOD, Charles
English Baroque Soloists | The Monteverdi Choir
GARDINER, John Eliot
Other info:

Actors: Michael Ball, Simon Callow, Vernon Dobtcheff, Corin Redgrave, James Bowman
Directors: Tony Palmer
Writers: John Osborn, Charles Wood
Producers: Simon Flind

Format: Classical, Color, DVD, Subtitled, NTSC
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Deutsch, Italian, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
Run Time: 152 minutes

Tony Palmer directs this prize-winning film about the great English composer Henry Purcell. Very little is known about his life, but the script - by Charles Wood and the late John Osborne - solves this problem by launching a group of actors in the 1960s on a voyage of discovery into the 1660s & late-17th century England, the extraordinary period in which Purcell lived. But it is Purcell’s music which is the driving force of the drama, with a stunning soundtrack conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.
Features an all-star cast with Simon Callow as Charles, Michael Ball as Henry Purcell, Letitia Dean as Barbara, Nina Young as Mrs Purcell, Corin Redgrave as William III, Lucy Speed as Nell, John Shrapnel as Pepys, Robert Stephens as Dryden, Murray Melvin as Shaftesbury, Terence Rigby as Cooke, Peter Woodthorpe as Kiffen, John Fortune as Clarendon, Edward Michie as young Harry and Bill Kenwright as Bill.

Performance Credits
The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists - (Films) Participant
Susan Graham - Participant
Stephen Varcoe - Participant
Lynne Dawson - Participant
Nancy Argenta - Participant
James Bowman - Participant
Michael Chance - Participant
Paul Agnew - Participant
Peter Harvey - Participant
Robert Johnston - Participant
Teresa Shaw - Participant
Jennifer Smith - Participant
Michael Ball - Harry Purcell
Simon Callow - Charles II
Joseph David - Actor
Antonia de Sancha - Actor
Letitia Dean - Barbara
Vernon Dobtcheff - Spratt
Simon Flind - Draghi
John Fortune - Clarendon
Rebecca Front - Mary
Constantine Gregory - Wharton
Guy Henry - James
John Hibbs - Blacksmith
James Hicks - Blow
Bill Kenwright - Bill
Murray Melvin - Shaftesbury
Edward Michie - Young Harry
Bernard Padden - Blackwell
Patricia Quinn - Elizabeth Purcell
Corin Redgrave - William
Terence Rigby - Cooke
James Saxon - Vyner
John Shrapnel Pepys
Lucy Speed - Nell
Robert Stephens - Dryden
David Thomas - Gostling
Rebecca Tremain - Catherine
Brook Williams - Priest
Peter Woodthorpe - Kiffen
Nina Young - Frances
John Eliot Gardiner - Conductor

Technical Credits
Tony Palmer Director, Editor
Rob Ayling Executive Producer
Mike Bluett Producer
Alan Cridford Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Flind Executive Producer
Scene Index 
PURCELL, Henry (1659-1695) 
England, My England 
1. Restoration9:37 
2. A First Piece by Harry10:32 
3. Bankruptcy9:08 
4. Marriage and Mistresses11:14 
5. Plague8:14 
6. Fire of London5:44 
7. Rebuilding London13:20 
8. Plot & Counterplot7:34 
9. Marriage of William & Mary8:31 
10. Religious Division9:51 
11. James II14:04 
12. Return of William & Mary6:10 
13. King Arthur8:51 
14. Death of Mary7:18 
15. Mary's Funeral5:04 
16. Death of Harry13:07 
17. Britten, Osborne, Purcell5:12 


This British biopic attempts to chronicle the life of 17th-century tunesmith Henry Purcell. The filmmakers have had to do much speculating about Britain's first great composer, as little is known about his life back then. It is known that Purcell had been a chorister as a child and then became the court composer for three kings: Charles, James and William. Before his death at age 37, Purcell penned over 1,000 songs and sired a few children, most of whom died at birth. While little is actually known of Purcell, the film successfully recreates the tumultuous era in which he lived. Also running parallel to Purcell's story is a set in the 1960s when English society and values seemed to be rapidly eroding, just as they were in the composer's time. The story concerns a playwright's attempts to research the life of Purcell for his next play. In the last part of the film, several lavish musical numbers from Purcell's vast repertoire are presented.
˜ Sandra Brennan, Rovi All Movie Guide


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