Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Period Drama Post ...

I discovered something VERY wonderful about my iPad. First of all, there is a PBS app. You can watch episodes of Masterpiece Classic and it's totally free! ACK! Plus, the kids talked us into getting a Netflix account which streams movies directly through our Wii and X-box. But guess what else? You got it ... THERE IS AN IPAD APP! YES! So I have been catching up on all of the period dramas I have missed. AHHHHHH! Heaven! After the kids are tucked into bed, I put on my headphones and get lost in the beauty of the MC (Masterpiece Classic!) here's my list of what I have watched ...

While not a MC, The Civil War should be required watching for all High School students in this country. It is AMAZING! In 1990 I bought my Dad the companion book for Christmas, but never had a chance to watch the entire series. I am so glad I did! One of the most poignant moments for me was the reading of the Sullivan Ballou letter. 

Grab a tissue ...

My very dear Sarah:
The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days—perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write again, I feel impelled to write a few lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more . . .
I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how strongly American Civilization now leans on the triumph of the Government and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and sufferings of the Revolution. And I am willing—perfectly willing—to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this Government, and to pay that debt . . .

Sarah my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me unresistibly on with all these chains to the battle field.
The memories of the blissful moments I have spent with you come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and to you that I have enjoyed them for so long. And hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes of future years, when, God willing, we might still have lived and loved together, and seen our sons grown up to honorable manhood, around us. I have, I know, but few and small claims upon Divine Providence, but something whispers to me—perhaps it is the wafted prayer of my little Edgar, that I shall return to my loved ones unharmed. If I do not my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you, and when my last breath escapes me on the battle field, it will whisper your name. Forgive my many faults and the many pains I have caused you. How thoughtless and foolish I have often times been! How gladly would I wash out with my tears every little spot upon your happiness . . .

But, O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the gladdest days and in the darkest nights . . . always, always, and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath, as the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again . . .

SNIFF ... But well worth it! 

Round of applause for Ken Burns for once again instilling a love of American History into my heart.
*If you get a chance, watch his documentary The War about World War 2 ... It's heartbreaking, but eye opening. I cried during every episode and I don't know if I can watch it again, but I am so glad I did!

Next, I watched

When Downton Abbey premiered in the winter, I was really busy on a project so I didn't get a chance to watch it. I was so glad to be able to catch it on Netflix. It's a wonderful series about the lives of a wealthy British family and their servants starting in 1912 and finishing up just at the start of WWI. When it was over, there were several "loose ends" that I can't wait to see tied! And they BETTER be tied! :) Luckily there will be an addition to the series that is coming to the BBC this fall. That means it will hit here sometime in the spring of 2012. Hopefully some kind soul across the pond will download it to YouTube so we won't have to wait that long ... I thought it was just lovely! 


I have to preface this by saying I am a Jane Austen girl through and through. You know this if you know me. I have had debates about the appeal of Mr. Darcy compared to Mr. Rochester. Let me just say this right now: Toby Stephens is a close second to Mr. D in this version. There are a few scenes that SMOLDER! I am not kidding! I watched the entire thing on YouTube because DANG Netflix didn't have it, and still loved it! It's one I am going to have to own. I also finished reading JA right about this time, so it was nice to have it fresh on my mind. Great book, great movie version! WHEW! 

Once again we have a tale of a  British family and their servants at the brink of another horrible war - this time WW2.  I watched it on PBS and really enjoyed it. Not as much as Downton Abbey, but it was good. I have heard the original series is just wonderful. I'll put it on my list:)

Now for my FAVORITE so far ...

I just finished it this afternoon ... I LOVED IT! So much that I think I may take a closer look at Dickens. Great Expectations is on my reading list, but I might have to put Bleak House on it as well ... It was that good! I don't want to spoil anything, but it was a GREAT story. If you love the period drama, you MUST watch this show! 

Next on my list is Little Dorrit. 

How about you?  Do you have any MC or BBC recommendations for me? I have watched every BBC Jane Austen, Cranford, A Room with a View and a bunch more, but let me know ...

What are your suggestions? Oh, and I'm still reading. This time it's

Have you read it? I've seen the movie a few times, but never read the book. I'm really liking FSF's writing style ...

The Great American Novel you know:)

Off  watch another Period drama:) 

Have a great night friends!

BTW: I just set up a Goodreads account, so if you've got one as well, please "Friend"me. 


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  2. Looks like you've been watching lots of good things. Have you seen the "Lark Rise to Candleford" series? It's lovely & charming.
    Love your pretty blog -- must visit again soon ;).

  3. I LOVE Downton Abbey. The characters are so richly written and played, the costumes are just yummy and the story lines just suck you in! Even my 14 year old son got addicted to this series. I think I will have to check out your other suggestions. :D