Hard Times

Hard Times

DVD - 2005
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Local MP and schoolmaster Thomas Gradgrind raises his children, Louisa and Tom, in the utilitarian fashion, stressing reason and fact and dismissing imagination and emotion. Under his influence, Louisa grows cold while Tom turns to a secret life of drinking and gambling. To be nearer her brother, Louisa accepts an offer of marriage from his boss, the self-mad, self-important banker Josiah Bounderby, though she does not love him. But soon finds herself succumbing to the attentions of the lothario James Harthouse. All the while, Mrs. Sparsit, a former aristocrat who now works for Bounderby, obsessively watches as the drama unfolds, longing for Louisa's downfall.
Publisher: [United States] : BBC Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video , 2005.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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Apr 11, 2012

All the standard Dickensian elements are there, but something doesn't quite gel in this production. The "logic versus emotion" theme seems to be trotted out at specific times, but otherwise isn't evident.

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