|From L to R, Lucy, Maggie Tulliver, Tom Tulliver|
Book: "The Mill on the Floss" by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
Movie: "The Mill on the Floss" BBC
Book Publication Date: 1860
Movie Production Date: 1978
Read: July 2010
Watched: January 2011
The characters were cast very appropriately. The best acting came from Mr. Tulliver himself, who I found I felt the same way for him in the book as I did in the movie. I loved him for his compassion and felt sorry for him with his inability to forgive.
Maggie Tulliver was cast twice - in the child years and then the adult years. Same goes for Tom. What was interesting though, is that Phillip Wakem remained the same actor throughout. I guess humpbacks don't age or we're supposed to believe he's older due to some substantial mutton chops. Dunno.
The movie was made like a soap opera in parts, which I laughed at for some time until I settled in and then didn't mind as much. If you're a soap opera fan, you'll know what I mean. I don't know what cinematography technique they use... I can only describe it as a matte finish on the film and a feeling that you're on the stage.
Maggie's aunts were as annoying as pictured in my head, with the men being just as accommodating of their intolerable wives. Mrs. Tulliver was a good dichotomy of annoying/naive and sweet... showing some growth at the end.
The one thing that may have been a discrepancy, but I can't really recall what happened in the book. Before the flood, Phillip Wakem came over and apologized to Maggie. I don't know if this happened. It wraps things up a little better, but I don't remember if the novel has this event. Since the rest of the mini-series was pretty bang on, I assume this was the case and distrust my memory.
Has anyone else seen this movie/mini-series? What did you think of it compared to the book?