Forsyte Saga ~ Review ~
Marriage, Affairs, Divorce and Family Feuds are ongoing relational issues within all cultures and segments of life…
The Forsyte saga is a brilliantly, superb, melodramatic, English Victorian romance polygon. Over the last few weeks I along with my husband have thoroughly enjoyed watching this fabulous series by John Galsworthy. The Forsyte’s are a family that has all the entanglements of a modern day dysfunctional family. All the entrapments that are hidden away under a veneer of wealth that masks a multiplicity of issues. However, quite obvious to the ravenously love starved, privileged yet bored family whose subsequent generations come from humble beginnings. Therefore they are considered to be “New Money” and are terribly obsessed with money and respectability!
The Main cast of Characters consists of: Soames (Damian Lewis), Irene (Gina McKee), June (Gillian Kearney), Joylon (Rupert Graves), Annette (Beatrice Batarda).
Jon (Lee Williams), Fleur (Emma Griffin Malins) Old Joylon (Corin Redgrave) and Philip (Loan Gufford). Soames the prominent character is known as “a Man of Property.” They are all rather quite dazzling and cohesively radiate personal appeal that draws you into the intense storyline.
Presented by Masterpiece Theater the film takes place during the 1900’s amidst tranquil estates, theater, banqueting, flourishing gardens and rolling landscapes! There were three novels published between 1906 and 1921. This was a very popular production among American college campuses during the Roaring Twenties!
The film is a poignant heart rendering display of the various lifestyles and personalities that intertwine and interact with the upper middle class British Forsyte Family. Soames and Joylon his cousin are constantly at odds.
Soames is an arrogant, egotistical, obnoxious and possessive wealthy man who falls head over heels for Irene. Irene is impoverished yet she still rejects his marriage proposal. Irene is pressured by her stepmother. She under duress relents and agrees to marry Soames if he promises to let her go if the marriage does work. Terribly smitten Soames agrees to her conditions.
The family has a host of feuding that persistently goes on seemingly forever. Soames and Irene marry and have a very distant marriage and share separate bedrooms. Irene is strong yet seemingly delicate; she is a tad stand offish woman who has no desire to be close to her husband. Emotionally starved an unable to love Soames, Irene begins to fall for a suitor of her dear friend June that interrupts their close friendship. The emotions are intensely strong throughout. Soames sees Irene as his possession therefore he insists upon his rights as a husband…
Irene eventually flees with only the clothes on her back and retreats to an isolated life where she teaches music. Soames later discovers her whereabouts and continues in pursuit and the mêlée continues…
What is so interesting is how tremendously evident divorce at this time is considered shockingly scandalous…
The collection of feuds dispersed within the family continues onto subsequent generations. However when they have children who disastrously fall in love; The turmoil and drama is endless. There are many twists and turns throughout to stimulate your interest which I will not share therefore you can enjoy it firsthand if desired! There is a compendium of interesting scenarios during the duration of this wonderful drama.
Accompanied with excellent acting and subdued yet personable characters you are given an up front and personal view into human behaviors that have been prevalent from the onset of time. It helps you evaluate the importance of love, trust, commitment and intimacy in marriage and the consequences when they are nonexistent! Loneliness and misery can cause one to respond impulsively, uncontrollably and recklessly. Suspense and drama throughout until it ends with …
Many memorable relational lessons to learn from here! The Forsyte Saga showcases Victorian customs, character flaws, factitious conceit, revenge, exposes raw behavior and the innate need for love, sympathy, compassion and forgiveness. The importance of not having the perception that you can “own or possess” another person is distinguishably tantamount, as well as money in itself cannot make you happy… Life is PRECIOUS! Truly the most valuable asset we have is LOVE! I highly recommend this seminal thought provoking Masterpiece marvel!
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