Lillie

Lillie

Director: John Gorrie, Christopher Hodson, Tony Wharmby
Cast: Francesca Annis

Overview

Francesca Annis, previously seen on the Masterpiece Theatre presentation of Madame Bovary, plays the title role in the 13-installment Masterpiece offering Lillie. This is the story of legendary British actress Lillie Langtry, who during the Victorian and Edwardian era was as celebrated for her romantic pursuits as her theatrical accomplishments. We first see Lillie Le Breton living with her family on the isle of Jersey, escaping the strictures of her environment by marrying wealthy Edward Langtry (Anton Rodgers). When this marriage proves as confining as her previous existence, Lillie kicks over the traces and becomes an actress. Before long, she is the toast of London, and the object of every man's desires. Her admirers range from Belgium's King Leopold (Derek Smith) to the Prince of Wales (Dennis Lili) to American "hangin' judge" Roy Bean (Tommy Duggan) Even homosexual playwright Oscar Wilde is so smitten by Lillie that he writes Lady Windemere's Fan specifically for her. The story ends with Lillie undergoing a domestic crisis with her grown daughter (Joanna David). Lillie was originally telecast on PBS from March 11 through June 3, 1979.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2008
UPC: 0054961803194
Original Release: 1979
Source: Acorn Media
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 11:12:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Essay about Lllie Langtry's impact on pop culture and cast filmographies

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lillie
1. Feminine Perfection [5:02]
2. The Deanery [10:59]
3. High Spirited [9:17]
4. A New Friend [11:24]
5. Mr. Langtry [5:58]
6. Weddings [8:23]
1. New Home [8:32]
2. Waiting [7:31]
3. Not Well [12:32]
5. Riding Accident [6:31]
4. Remarkable Recovery [7:58]
6. Invitations [9:29]
1. Professional Beauty [8:00]
2. Enchantress [7:35]
3. Only the Beginning [10:42]
4. A Passing Fad? [6:27]
5. The Portrait [7:12]
6. Another Dress [10:37]
1. King Leopold's Visit [8:42]
2. Once Too Often [9:08]
3. How to Behave [5:54]
4. Afternoon Callers [6:20]
5. More Admirers [11:05]
6. Out of Reach [9:20]
Disc #2 -- Lillie
1. Pursuits [8:48]
2. Redecorating [10:05]
3. Making Plans [6:57]
4. To Jersey & Back [6:29]
5. No More Waiting [10:08]
6. Many Suitors [8:49]
1. What Say They [9:02]
2. The Ball [7:47]
3. Singled Out [9:56]
4. Official Mistress [5:32]
5. Mutual Admiration [8:46]
6. Aimless [10:35]
1. Tableau Vivant [8:04]
2. Read All About It [9:14]
3. Almost Sorry [8:23]
4. A New Romance [8:04]
5. A Warning [6:14]
6. Are You Sure? [10:56]
Disc #3 -- Lillie
1. Moving Out [9:09]
2. A little Girl [8:21]
3. Back in Society [7:20]
4. Stage Debut [10:52]
5. Plans [8:23]
6. Farewell [9:13]
1. Welcome [8:42]
2. Opening [7:35]
3. Playing Truant [8:09]
4. Scandal [8:51]
5. Causing Strife [9:03]
6. Visitors [9:49]
1. Gambling [7:08]
2. Protecting Investments [7:16]
3. Warmest Wishes [8:01]
4. American Citizen [12:32]
5. A Close Thing [7:40]
6. Sheer Vanity [9:45]
Disc #4 -- Lillie
1. Patsy's Warning [7:05]
2. Still Mrs. Langtry [8:09]
3. Grudges [7:37]
4. Forgiveness [9:48]
5. Oscar on Trial [9:17]
6. Never Be Free [10:18]
1. Mourning [8:34]
2. Garden Party [6:51]
3. Quite a Draw [9:24]
4. Breaking Records [6:49]
5. A Good Match [9:56]
6. The Truth [8:43]
1. A Great Comfort [6:41]
2. Talk of War [10:00]
3. Going Away [7:42]
4. Troop Support [6:00]
5. Alone [8:10]
6. Don't Grieve [14:41]

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Lillie 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
Should almost be required watching for innocent girls with questionable ambitions. A great production.
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PaulaSims More than 1 year ago
The character of Lillie Langtrey has popped up in several movies and books I have read. I didn't research her background before viewing the film, so I'm not sure how historically acurate it might be. Franceca Annis is one of my favorite actresses and that was another reason I wanted to watch this. She was believable as both the innocent 16 year old and the elderly Lillie. Lillie as very unconventional in a world that had very restrictive cultural rules. That conflict was the center of the plot for me. The actor who played Oscar Wilde did so with flair but was not over the top. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a detailed story line that moves at a slow pace (these are high recommendations for me). Slow does not always have to be a bad thing...you get a chance to really know the characters and their motivations. I like to savor the characters and am always interested by anything involving the Victorian era.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watch this mini series when it orginally aired on PBS and absolutely loved it. I am thrilled that it is now available on DVD, I am looking forward to Francesca Annis' fabulous preformance.
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