The Jewel in the Crown

The Jewel in the Crown

Volume 1

DVD - 1984
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Tells the story of the last days of British occupation of India. Set in the 1940's, depicts the trials faced by the families and their problems of dealing with and loving across the races.
Publisher: New York : A & E Home Video, c1984
ISBN: 9780767034289
0767034287
9780767034272
0767034279
Branch Call Number: JEW
Characteristics: 1 dvd (200 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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kareneb
Dec 04, 2015

Poor quality sound, couldn't follow it. Too bad, as I love Paul Scott.

xaipe Dec 04, 2013

Adapted from Paul Scott's Raj Quartet novels, the 1984 eight-part British miniseries The Jewel in the Crown still fascinates. The cast is excellent and includes the wonderful British actress the late Peggy Ashcroft. The scope of the story covers the days of the British Raj beginning with the early 40's of WWII and ends shortly after the exit of British rule and the partitioning of India into 2 countries. Short clips from actual newsreel footage show India and Burma during the Japanese invasions as well as clips of Gandhi and Pandit Nehru. The narrative is episodic, and combines the characters' personal stories with historical events. I saw this series when it was originally released in 1984 and loved it then. It's been remastered for DVD and a 25th year celebratory release. This series has the sweep and scope that British productions do so well. I thought that this series was riveting, although those used to a faster-paced, American format might find it its pace too leisurely. If you liked Brideshead Revisited you would probably like this. No subtitles if that's a problem.

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dorothyalmas
Oct 24, 2013

Masterful storytelling of the age of the Raj. Hours of watching so be prepared to get hooked by the story. A great way to get the history of the British/India period.

rconga Apr 18, 2012

Worth watching. Location & customs I found interesting. Story became disjointed & strange after a main character dies.

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