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Title:
Lillie
Author:
Butler, David, 1927-2006.
Publication Information:
Silver Spring, MD : Distributed by Acorn Media, [2007]

©2007
Physical Description:
4 videodiscs (approximately 672 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Portrays the acclaimed British actress and courtesan Lillie Langtry from the blush of youth to the blight of old age. At a time when society expected women to be docile and demure, Lillie posed for celebrity endorsements, conducted her own business affairs, and paid her first husband to keep his distance. Even more scandalously, she openly entertained a string of lovers among Europe's elite, including the very married Prince of Wales.
General Note:
Title from container.

Originally broadcast on television in 1979.

Contains all 13 episodes of the British television mini-series.

"As seen on Masterpiece theatre."

Special features: Essay about Lillie Langry's impact on pop culture; cast filmographies.
Language:
English
Contents:
Volume 1: Episode 1: Emilie -- Episode 2: Mrs. Langtry -- Episode 3: The Jersey lily -- Episode 4: The new Helen. Volume 2: Episode 5: Bertie -- Episode 6: Let them say -- Episode 7: The sailor prince. Volume 3: Episode 8: Going on the stage -- Episode 9: America! -- Episode 10: Home on the range. Volume 4: Episode 11: Mr. Jersey -- Episode 12: Sunset and evening star -- Episode 13: Fifty cents a dance.
Geographic Term:
Added Uniform Title:
Lillie (Television program)

Masterpiece theatre (Television program)
UPC:
054961803194

054961887699
Format :
DVD

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Francesca Annis, previously seen on the Masterpiece Theatre presentation of Madame Bovary, plays the title role in the 13-installment Masterpiece offering Lillie. This is the story of legendary British actress Lillie Langtry, who during the Victorian and Edwardian era was as celebrated for her romantic pursuits as her theatrical accomplishments. We first see Lillie Le Breton living with her family on the isle of Jersey, escaping the strictures of her environment by marrying wealthy Edward Langtry (Anton Rodgers). When this marriage proves as confining as her previous existence, Lillie kicks over the traces and becomes an actress. Before long, she is the toast of London, and the object of every man's desires. Her admirers range from Belgium's King Leopold (Derek Smith) to the Prince of Wales (Dennis Lili) to American "hangin' judge" Roy Bean (Tommy Duggan) Even homosexual playwright Oscar Wilde is so smitten by Lillie that he writes Lady Windemere's Fan specifically for her. The story ends with Lillie undergoing a domestic crisis with her grown daughter (Joanna David). Lillie was originally telecast on PBS from March 11 through June 3, 1979. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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Library Journal Review

Based on the life of English beauty Lillie Langtry (1853-1929), who schemed her way to the top of society in England and America, this 13-episode series is outstanding in some respects, while strangely deficient in others. Francesca Annis as Lillie Langtry succeeds in building a credible persona, but the rest of the cast members fail to create depth in their characters. Lillie is sheltered and naive yet singularly determined to achieve whatever goals she sets for herself. While viewers watch Lillie persevere, her father alternately indulges and blusters; husband Edward keeps his nose in the air and stands on every possible ceremony; and disturbed brother Reggie rants and raves, resenting everything that interests Lillie. Artists and lovers (Oscar Wilde, James Whistler, European princes, among others) crowd around her, but even these historical figures never seem quite real. On the upside are the gorgeous settings and camera work, smooth editing, attractive actors, and mostly comprehensible dialog. Sadly, they are insufficient to make the story truly satisfying. Unlike Acorn's Poldark series (LJ 3/15/11), in which each episode has a well-defined beginning, middle, and end and leaves viewers anxious to see what happens next, Lillie's episodes lack the scope to do more than occupy an hour's worth of viewing without making the story move forward dramatically. Audiences will want to know what happens next but not intensely enough to count the minutes until the next program. VERDICT Recommended to public libraries with large entertainment collections.-Sheila S. Intner, Libn. Emerita, Simmons GSLIS at Mt. Holyoke Coll., So. Hadley, MA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.