The Village

The Village

Series One 1914-1920

DVD - 2014
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Discover the life and memories of one man in one village during the whole 20th century.
Published: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD F VIL SERIES 1
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (6 hr.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, dolby digital, rda
video file, DVD video, rda
Alternative Title: Village (Television program)


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Feb 15, 2018

Watched one episode. We think we would really enjoy this series, but we NEED closed captions and the disks from our library don't have them, so we're sending the disks back :-(

Sep 17, 2017

This such an excellent story ; well acted and lessons in it we all need to learn and remember. We enjoyed every minute. Looking forward to Season II and III.

Apr 18, 2017

Good story of English village life during the first world War. The characters and the changes happening to and around them are very well done. Good social and psychological portrait of aristocrats, the poor farmers and the rest of village people. Enjoyed it very much.

d2013 Feb 05, 2017

Good but hard to connect with the characters. Let's see what Season 2 has to offer!

Dec 30, 2015

I started to watch this and quickly got bored. Hasn't the BBC done a variation of this story before and before and before? Enough of the "Upstairs, Downstairs" scenario. We get it, already. For a different and much more interesting spin on the story of rural lives, I highly recommend the German series"Heimat". The OPL has the three seasons; covering the years 1919 to 2000). A fourth series has been made but it does not seem to have an international release.

Aug 20, 2015

A nicely slow-moving BBC picture of rural England (in this case Derbyshire) before, during and after the Great War, as the old certitudes of class, hurrah patriotism and religion are (thankfully) called into question. There is an excellent cast, but Maxine Peake stands out as the long-suffering farm wife and mother. Peter Moffat's writing is spot on; particularly memorable is his portrayal of the 'military personality' in the form of a sadistic schoolmaster, whose authoritarian behaviour is driven by an iferiority complex and status anxiety. The first four episodes, which are directed by Antonia Bird, are wonderfully elliptical and notably superior to the ones directed by Gilles MacKinnon. Given the emphasis in the dialogue on regional accents, subtitles would have been welcome - but they are unfortunately not available. A gentle nudge to the OPL staff: how about quickly ordering the DVDs of Season 2?

May 24, 2015

Discover Maxine Peake and Peter Moffat! Encore!!

Feb 20, 2015

Anglophile opinion: I liked the series very much & will look forward to another season. However, I felt the series tried to cover too many issues in one fell swoop. WWI; rural, isolated village life of Victorian-minded ilk; women's rights; labor issues; returning Vets; the pandemic influenza; conscientious objectors to war; religion; strained marital relationships; great poverty; the ruling class; & more. Derbyshire filming in winter is bleak to match the subject & stifling attitudes. Closed captions would have helped even those who've known the accents. There seemed to be many frayed ends to explain the times. I was irritated with the editing despite the excellent cast portraying the people.

decarabas Nov 13, 2014

Well done but fairly bleak. Lots of sad moments.


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