Stage 2 (1971–1973)
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The Duchess of Malfi 

The Duchess of Malfi is recently widowed and her greedy brothers are determined she will not marry again, so they employ Daniel De Bosola, a murderer in their pay to spy on her. He fails ... See full summary »

Director:

James MacTaggart

Writer:

John Webster (play)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eileen Atkins ... The Duchess of Malfi
Michael Bryant ... Daniel de Bosola
Charles Kay ... Duke Ferdinand
T.P. McKenna ... The Cardinal
Gary Bond ... Antonio Bologna
Sheila Ballantine Sheila Ballantine ... Cariola
Jerome Willis ... Delio
Jean Gilpin ... Julia
Michael Godfrey ... Marquis of Pescara
Douglas Milvain Douglas Milvain ... Count Malateste
Robert James ... Doctor
Roy Evans Roy Evans ... Roderigo
Michael Lynch Michael Lynch ... Castruchio
Jack Galloway Jack Galloway ... 1st Malfi servant
Dallas Cavell ... 2nd Malfi servant
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Storyline

The Duchess of Malfi is recently widowed and her greedy brothers are determined she will not marry again, so they employ Daniel De Bosola, a murderer in their pay to spy on her. He fails and most of the cast pay for the brothers' plotting. One of the great revenge tragedies based on a true story, though John Webster, the playwright, probably didn't know this. Who would believe so much mayhem could happen, five hundred years before the Godfather?

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Stage 2: The Duchess of Malfi See more »

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Version of The Duchess of Malfi (1938) See more »

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Long-Dead Play Ought To Stay That Way
7 May 2002 | by iam-1See all my reviews

Firstly, I love classical theatre. Really! I do! Shakeaspeare, Marlowe, Shaw, Wilde, Molière. No problem! This, though.

The lighting is un-even and there are shadows galore. The sound is dodgy at best (alternately muddy and tinny), and you can tell where the microphones are from the sound levels for the performers.

The costumes are great, as are the sets.

The direction, though, leaves us with performances that are intence, but incomprehensible. Because of the sound, we often cannot hear hte words, but more frustrating is the fact that the meaning is not understood. We know that 'great things are afoot', but the 'why' and 'how' is far more important to the existance of the story than the 'what'.

Well played, this is a play that can provoke great debate & put questions of moral and socialogical structures - as well as entertain. This enactment leaves me wondering why I devoted over two hours to this film. Well, 60 minutes of viewing and 60 minutes of dozing off while my wife kept nudging me.

There has to be a better version that has yet to be made.


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