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A Rather English Marriage
updated 5.7.2002

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
When I was in my 20's and seeing foreign movies for the first time, I was delighted by the range of subjects covered -- save one neglected aspect of life: aging. There are many love stories of beautiful youth, but what about middle age and particularly, older age?

A Very English Marriage, a beautifully written, crafted, and acted movie, reveals why older age has too often been left out of movies... aging isn't fun. Sad moments when life-long mates are visualized, only to disappear into the truth of their departure. Rather than look forward to moments of greatness, like being squadron commander, there is a realization of one's failures and the lack of opportunity to improve on them.

But our two characters do make the best of it, adapting to their new circumstances by the end. I am in my later 60's and I don't know that I could sit through this movie again -- but I'd certainly like to have my children see it.

Dave Huffman
Longview, WA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
A Rather English Marriage is a beautiful story, simple and touching; a pleasure to watch.

Bill Gnoss
San Francisco, CA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I was so moved by A Rather English Marriage that I had to write.

The acting, particularly by the two male leads, was extraordinary in the exposition of their characters. There was so much nuance and poignancy, each dealing in his own way with the end of a long and meaningful relationship. The cinematography was masterful...I could hardly move when the film ended.

I can't understand why this film was only broadcast once. Surely its worthy of a second screening. I really want my husband and friends to have the opportunity to see it.

Masterpiece Theatre is quite literally a breath of fresh air in a rising sea of hideous excuses for entertainment which studio executives pander to an increasingly dumbed-down audience of movie viewing bottom feeders.

Janet Serman
Falmouth, MA

A Rather English Marriage's recent airing, in late December 2000, was actually its second broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre. It originally aired in the fall of 1999.

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