Heartbreak House

Heartbreak House

Director: Cedric Messina Cast: John Gielgud, Lesley-Anne Down, Donald Pickering



The 1977 BBC feature adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's 1919 theatrical opus Heartbreak House can be relished again and again in this home video release. A response to the First World War, the play dramatizes Captain Shotover's weekend party at his Sussex estate for his two daughters and their freewheeling artiste friends, including such indelible characters as Boss Mangan, Ellie Dunn and Hector Hushabye. The narrative explores the various romantic attachments that form and dissolve over the course of a few days. Heartbreak represents a defiant call to the audience, Shaw demanding (through the drama) that viewers step back to reestimate and reevaluate how they live and which life-priorities are most important. Directed by Cedric Messina, the '77 miniseries stars such legends as Sir John Gielgud, Lesley Anne-Down and Daniel Massey.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/16/2006
UPC: 0794051253729
Original Release: 1977
Rating: NR
Source: Bbc Warner
Time: 1:58:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Bonus programs: ; George Bernard Shaw Lived Here - Bernard Levin visits Shaw's home at Ayot St. Lawrence; George Bernard Shaw's Talks - excerpts from Shaw's talks

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Heartbreak House
1. Unexpected Guests [5:54]
2. Social Duties [6:10]
3. Old Brutes [6:40]
4. Loving a Liar [3:46]
5. Everybody's Business [2:46]
6. Man About Town [4:08]
7. Woman of the World [4:44]
8. In the Lion's Dean [7:12]
9. People's Characters [5:25]
10. Dead to the World [5:34]
11. Sirens [5:06]
12. The Object Awakes [4:48]
13. Thieves and All Sorts [5:49]
14. Into the Night [2:04]
15. Saving Souls [:12]
16. Jealousy [9:32]
17. Randall the Rotter [3:10]
18. Peace in the Night [5:29]
19. Raw Truth [3:57]
20. Stripped Naked [2:42]
21. True Marriages [3:48]
22. Heartbreak House [2:57]
23. Batten Down the Hatches! [6:26]
24. Credits [7:34]

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