Heartbreak House

Heartbreak House

DVD - 2006
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On his Sussex estate Captain Shotover, an eccentric poet, retired seafarer and inventor, is reluctantly hosting a weekend house party for his two daughters and their bohemian friends.
Publisher: [New York] : BBC Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2006]
ISBN: 9781419830402
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 118 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak house


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Dec 08, 2017

There is a far, far better stage version of Heartbreak House presented by Great Performances in 1985 starring Rex Harrison as Captain Shotover, Amy Irving as Ellie Dunn, and Rosemary Harris as Hesione Hushabye. Tragically, this performance never has been released on video media. It is more than a "mere" comedy of errors --- if any Shaw play can be called "mere". It is a stunning love story between a man in his dotage (Harrison), and a young, impressionable girl (Irving), and together they work true stage magic. It is made all the more realistic because Rex is quite old and physically frail for this, his career-ending performance. I felt even more sympathy for him as a real person in failing health than as the character he was acting. I have a ratty, primitive VCR recording of it from a broadcast on KQED, and I treasure it greatly as maybe the best recording in our collection.

Sep 11, 2017

The particular disc I had was catching and skipping every fifteen seconds which I tried to endure for 40 minutes, until I gave up on it. The bonus material, especially the first one I really enjoyed; it is witty and wise.

Jul 09, 2017

Incredibly boring, what?

May 25, 2015

The play itself is quite weird, but in the Extras there is a radio address Shaw gave to 6th form students on the BBC radio back in 1937 that so hilarious.

I tried to find the text online and came up with a Google book title, but it only lets you read the even numbered pages online.

I don't know if the other DVDs from this series give the same extra options on the menu, but be sure to listen to his talk advising the young on how to get on in life. It's a must hear!!!!

As to the play itself, it does keep you engaged trying to figure what is going on, but not my favorite.

I think the Captain is the only completely likable character in it. Perhaps because he has learned how to navigate life while the rest of the characters are completely adrift.


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