This is the story of the Charles Heidsieck who opened the market for Champagne sales in America just prior to the American Civil War. He is a reluctant French spy and is captured and spends...
See full summary »
The Orient Express, on it's night trip from Munich to Venice, is full because of the beginning of the carnival in Venice. Between the passengers are a journalist, an actress and her ... See full summary »
A British engineer becomes entangled in a forbidden romance with his Indian employer's eldest daughter. As their passion ignites, the East-meets-West clash of cultures leads to surprising ... See full summary »
The film is situated in the time when Mary Shelley wrote her novel "Frankenstein". It describes the relationship between Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley during various voyages through ... See full summary »
Made for TV movie revolving around the lives of three young women as they deal with the incidents around them. Along the way they find romance and become swept up in family intrigue. Events... See full summary »
A story about a group of Oxford undergraduate acting students and their troubled lives while producing (and competing between themselves for a role in) a different version of the classic ... See full summary »
This is the story of the Charles Heidsieck who opened the market for Champagne sales in America just prior to the American Civil War. He is a reluctant French spy and is captured and spends time in a Union prison. There are two parallel love stories (he is French) and some battles with his uncle for control of the family vineyard (because his father married his mother who the uncle also loved).Written by
We bought this film as an inexpensive DVD here in Denmark mainly on the strength of Hugh Grant's name in the leading role.
When I looked here I saw, to my surprise, that no one has yet reviewed the film. Now that I have seen the film I know why.
This is an "Official" (that is what it says in the titles) Canadian-French co-production mini series in two parts. It is a biopic which tells the story of the Charles Heidsieck who opened the market for Champagne sales in America just prior to the American Civil War. He became known in America as Champagne Charlie. The film tells this story very slowly and in excruciating detail. Many of the actors are dubbed and/or are not very good actors or they are poorly directed by a director who has mainly some episodes of Star Trek and Stargate to his credit. Hugh Grant has a variety of accents during the film and a very narrow range of emotions to portray. He was apparently neither suited nor comfortable in this limited role. It is also a few years before Sense and Sensibility and Four Weddings and a Funeral, so he made up for this lapse with quite a vengeance later.
Alexandra Stewart, who has been in many a good film of directors like Truffaut, is seen hovering in the background in many scenes. I don't think she has a word of real dialog in the entire film. sic transit gloria mundi
10 of 17 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this