Clarissa

1991

Robert Bierman
Director

A three-part made-for-tv period drama based on an 18th century novel written by Samuel Richardson has a young woman at the centre of attention of both her family who resent the fact she has recently become the heiress to a large fortune; and the cunning criminal Lovelace who wants to use her to get even with the family whom he despises.
Incredibly compulsive viewing, a tight cast and a beautiful screen adaptation (Janet Barron & David Nokes). Highly recommended for anyone lucky enough to be able to obtain a copy.

Notes printed on the rear of the novel:
Pressured by her unscrupulous family to marry a wealthy man she detests, the young Clarissa Harlowe is tricked into fleeing with the witty and debonair Robert Lovelace and places herself under his protection. Lovelace, however, proves himself to be an untrustworthy rake whose vague promises of marriage are accompanied by unwelcome and increasingly brutal sexual advances. And yet, Clarissa finds his charm alluring, her scrupulous sense of virtue tinged with unconfessed desire. Told through a complex series of interweaving letters, Clarissa is a richly ambiguous study of a fatally attracted couple and a work of astonishing power and immediacy. A huge success when it first appeared in 1747, and translated into French and German, it remains one of the greatest of all European novels.



19th May 2003
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195 mins
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Sean Bean
Robert Lovelace
Saskia Wickham
Clarissa Harlowe
Jonathan Phillips
James Harlowe, Jr.
Lynsey Baxter
Arabella Harlowe
Jeffry Wickham
Mr. James Harlowe, Sr.
Frances Vener
Mrs. Harlowe
Ralph Riach
Uncle Anthony Harlowe
Diana Quick
'Lady Betty'
Cathryn Harrison
Mrs. Sinclair
Michael Feast
Tomlinson
Shirley Henderson
Sally
Lucy Robinson
Deb
Darby Hawker
Dorcas
Hermione Norris
Anna Howe
Sean Pertwee
Jack Belford
Lorna Heilbron
Mrs. Howe
Jon Sotherton
Mr. Hickman
Julia Dearden
Mrs. Moore
Francesca Longrigg
Cousin Charlotte
Jack Deam
Will
Geoffrey Drew
Bailiff
Patsy Palmer
Kitty, the Maid
Julian Firth
Mr. Roger Soames Esq.
Karen Frawley
St. Albans Maid
Paul Higgins
Preacher
William Hoyland
Doctor
Delia Lindsay
The Real Lady Betty
Julie May
Miss Lyons
Matthew Wait
Joe Leman
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Hannah, 1st Maid to Clarissa
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Betty, 2nd Maid to Clarissa
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Coach Driver
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Opera Singer
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Rude Guest
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Hampstead Maid

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