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The Virgin Queen [Jan. 7th, 2007|10:16 pm]
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The Virgin Queen started tonight on PBS -- those in the UK saw it last year on BBC. The second part is next Sunday night at 9EST/8CST and I highly recommend it, highly. Brilliant production values, brilliant acting, and it gives life to long dead events that still affect the whole world. Since reading Stephenson's Baroque Cycle I've been a sucker for anything about the 16th and 17th centuries. That was the greatest period of scientific and political upheaval since the time of the Roman Empire. That is when the modern world was being invented: Calculus, Chemistry, Astronomy, Physics, Democracy, and the international economic system all came about in a relatively short period.

But beyond my fascination with the events of that time, "The Virgin Queen" is no staid costume drama. In large part because of
Anne Marie Duff, who plays Elizabeth. She is a monstrously talented actor, who doesn't just inhabit the character of Elizabeth. She commands your attention, and her performance doesn't just acknowledge the actors around her, she dominates them. She lit up the first two seasons of Shameless such that even though it remains excellent without her, there's still a hole precisely her size left in the show. She's not pretty, but she's beautiful, with enormous, expressive eyes. She can make her point with a slight shift of those eyes, or equally with subtle physical gestures, or in her walk.

Anyway, those in the US, jump on it next Sunday. What else you going to do?
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From: michaelallroy
2007-01-08 06:20 am (UTC)
That was the greatest period of scientific and political upheaval since the time of the Roman Empire

*snip*

Anyway, those in the US, jump on it next Sunday. What else you going to do?

watch the season premiere of rome, which is on at the same time. ;P
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From: elkay
2007-01-08 10:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was an awesome programe (as I also mentioned recently in my lj). I'm SO glad they are showing it in the states. It's so exciting and definitely not a typical period drama at all.

Re: The Baroque Cycle...I read Quicksilver but haven't been able to bring myself to get the second two. They looked kinda boring when I checked them out. Are they worth it in your opinion? Should I get them, even though they'll break my wrists trying to hold on the subway?
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2007-01-08 01:29 pm (UTC)
I liked all three, and if there were draggy spots I don't remember after making it all the way through. In with all the plotty plot and characters there's just so much interesting stuff about the world in those years that's real...

In the US, when they published it in 'small' paperback format, they broke it up so that there are 6 paperbacks. Much better for subway reading.

I was just in a used bookstore and saw all 3 volumes in hardback at a discount from the cover price...

And guys dig girls with powerful wrists...
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From: elkay
2007-01-09 11:35 am (UTC)
I shoulda said I really liked Quicksilver...if the other two are good as well I should just get them. Hooray
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From: elkay
2007-01-09 11:36 am (UTC)
LOL 'recently of Narnia fame'.

There's a good phrase.
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