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The Portrait of a Lady 

A young American woman contracts a disastrous marriage in 19th century Italy.




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Series cast summary:
Richard Chamberlain ...  Ralph Touchett 6 episodes, 1968
Suzanne Neve ...  Isabel Archer / ... 6 episodes, 1968
Sarah Brackett ...  Henrietta Stackpole 6 episodes, 1968
Beatrix Lehmann ...  Mrs. Lydia Touchett 5 episodes, 1968
Rachel Gurney ...  Madame Merle 4 episodes, 1968
James Maxwell ...  Gilbert Osmond 4 episodes, 1968
Kathleen Byron ...  Countess Gemini 4 episodes, 1968
Ed Bishop ...  Caspar Goodwood 4 episodes, 1968
Edward Fox ...  Lord Warburton 4 episodes, 1968
Sharon Gurney ...  Pansy 4 episodes, 1968
Angus MacKay Angus MacKay ...  Mr. Bantling 3 episodes, 1968


A young American woman contracts a disastrous marriage in 19th century Italy.

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6 January 1968 (UK) See more »

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Egy hölgy arcképe See more »

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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Madame Merle and Pansy are played by real-life mother and daughter, Rachel Gurney and Sharon Gurney. See more »


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room with no view
29 March 2016 | by red_schonewilleSee all my reviews

It is highly recommended watching these series together with reading the novel. The story is basically indoors so it has the atmosphere of a play. However the book contains some outdoor activities in London, Florence and Rome. They were missed completely. Because of this the movie doesn't come alive as for instance 'A room with a view' does which has basically the same settings. Much attention is given to interior decorating and costumes. They are worth watching on their own. In close up scenes it was visible that large amounts of grime were there. That gave even more a sense of watching a play. In the end a crucial scene was completely lost in the movie that I won't spoil. For me Pansy was the true hero of the movie more so than in the book because of her acting so wistful.

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