The Making of A Lady

The Making of A Lady

DVD - 2014 | Original UK ed. --
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"Emily Fox Seton accepts a marriage proposal from the older Lord James Walderhurst, a widower. It is an arrangement for them both, in James' case to stop the family home passing to James' cousin Alec Osborn and his Anglo-Indian wife Hester. Affection soon grows between them but James is posted to India with his regiment and the Osborns come to stay with Emily, telling her James sent them to look after her. But they have lied and Alec's alarming mood swings brought on by illness threatens Emily's pregnancy and drives the staff away. Soon Emily realises that the couple mean to kill her and take the house for themselves. With only her loyal maid Jane for support how can she thwart their plan?"
Publisher: [Arlington, Va.] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, [2014]
Edition: Original UK ed. --
ISBN: 9781608830688
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
1 videodisc (ca. 96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jan 30, 2017

Even though it wasn't like the book, it was quite entertaining.

May 03, 2016

Mildly entertaining - if only to wonder how the ridiculous situation would resolve itself.

Feb 11, 2015

Well, it's not really about the making of a lady, unless the training for becoming a lady includes active combat with psychopaths. Actually, the maid saves the day here. Mid-level British period thriller.

Green_Bird_203 Jun 12, 2014

Quite enjoyable, but how come last 30 minutes turned to a cheap B-thriller?

EuSei Jun 06, 2014

This movie couldn’t be farther from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book The making of a Marchioness (followed by The Methods of Lady Walderhurst). To say it was based upon Mrs. Burnett’s book is a joke. The main character of the movie is diametrically opposite to the book’s. The original Emily Fox-Seton is a happy, positive woman who is content with her life; she is also 34 years old. Emily deeply enjoys the little things in life and believes everyone is "so" good to her. She makes the best of the smallest of things and always has a smile and a cheery word. Compare that to the gloomy aura the Emily of the movie perspires. Miss Lydia Wilson couldn’t be farther from the very tall and straight-backed Emily Fox-Seton—a posture that brings an admiring comment from the lips of ever so quiet Lord Walderhurst. The story also has been so much bent and changed as to become unrecognizable. Waldenhurst was a very imposing man, a bit fleshy, but very healthy and of few words who wore a monocle; nothing to do with the actor in this movie. Also Hester Gordon was an English girl raised in India, not an Indian. And Tom Hardy would have been a better choice as Major Alec Goron, a sportsman who enjoys the outdoors. I don’t know why people make movies “based” upon books just to remove everything from the original story. Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote a great book; the maker of the movie deconstructed it into a gloomy Gothic Victorian tale. Read the book instead.

May 21, 2014

Rated 7/10.

d2013 May 21, 2014

Some parts were predictable but kept me going till the end.

xaipe May 13, 2014

Fairly formulaic Gothic story set in 19th century England which is saved by good acting playing against a weak script. Impoverished but genteel young woman meets and marries a wealthy, kind, but clueless older man who immediately dashes off to India leaving his new wife in peril in a spooky mansion on a countryside estate. Menacing servants, a deranged and jealous brother-in-law, a priest's hole for spying all add up to a 96 minute scarefest romp. It had its moments though, and even though the end was entirely predictable from the beginning I rather enjoyed it.

brontelit87 May 11, 2014

This is an excellent show. The story is actually very interesting, but it's also very terrifying and disturbing. Although the story is somewhat predictable, the actors are wonderful. Lydia Wilson and Linus Roache have wonderful, if somewhat awkward (which is appropriate for the movie) chemistry. They're very natural together. The pace is also excellent. I don't know why this got pretty weak reviews when it was on earlier this year, because the story is unusual and interesting. I was sitting on the edge of my seat with this movie. I'm now interested in reading the books by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Highly recommended.

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