||Robert Powell, Fiona Walker, Alex Marshall
| Jude Fawley has a
dream that has consumed most of his life. The dream of education. The
distant spires of Christminster and university have beckoned the young
stone mason since he was a boy.
However, having extricated himself from his disastrous marriage to pig
farmer's daughter Arabella Donn, he seems no nearer to his goal,
especially after he is finally rejected from the university. Worse,
there seems no way that his relationship with his beloved cousin Sue
Bridehead will ever be accepted...
| Robert's greatest
This production portraits faithfully Thomas Hardy's final novel with a
very talented cast. The performance are superbs, the characters are
convincing and touching (first time Robert made me cry!). Ok! Maybe
you'll find it very sad an depressing but if you are not acquainted
with Hardy or XIXth literature you wont bear this drama. This story
reminds me of the Zola's Rougon Macquart books (all of them much more
depressing). Fed up with all those happy ends, life is not
always very easy!
Which makes it so SAD is because Jude is a young man who really wants
to go far beyond his social class, be educated and become a honourable
man but fate seems to set against him and Sue Bridehead, his cousin
whom he's in love and who is a woman ahead for her time.
Just two details: can anyone explain me why the color of Robert's hair
suddenly changes of color??? I suppose it was to make him look older...
thanks God he's not blond!
Every scene in which Robert cries!
for the record
you a scoop : Fiona Walker was
the girlfriend of Robert Powell at this time. Did they fall in love
during The Asphyx or while filming this series? We'll never know!
scoop is that when the wife of Sir Lew Grade (the producer of
Jesus of Nazareth) saw this tv series she told her husband Robert could
be play a credible Jesus. Bless her!
curious detail is that the child who plays Juey, Jude's son is
Gary Rich, the same boy who played the young Mahler in Ken Russell's