Gave great insight into the time period of India. But left left me puzzled since it started out with one set of characters and their story line and then just dropped them and followed another set of characters and their story line. Puzzling and off putting.
Poor quality sound, couldn't follow it. Too bad, as I love Paul Scott.
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.
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.
Worth watching. Location & customs I found interesting. Story became disjointed & strange after a main character dies.
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