Secrets of Chatsworth

Secrets of Chatsworth

Step Inside the Home of the Dukes of Devonshire

DVD - 2013
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Over five centuries, Chatsworth Estate has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family and is presently the home of the current 12th Duke of Devonshire and his family.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS, 2013
ISBN: 9781608839056
Branch Call Number: DVD 728.8 SEC NVD
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
laser optical, NTSC
1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Secrets of the manor house


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Apr 06, 2018

This is a 1936 American film directed by Archie Mayo, adapted from Robert E. Sherwood's stage play of the same name.
Alan Squier---once a respected British writer, now a disillusioned, penniless drifter---wanders into a roadside diner in the remote town of Black Mesa, Arizona.
The diner is run by Jason Maple, his daughter Gabrielle, and Jason's father.
Gabrielle's mother, a French war bride who fell in love with Jason when he was a young, handsome American serviceman, left her dull defeated husband and moved back to France when Gabrielle was a baby.
She now sends poetry to Gabrielle, who dreams of moving to Bourges, where her parents first met, to become an artist.
Alan wrote one novel, and then lived in France for eight years with a wife he stole from his publisher.
Gabrielle is instantly smitten with him.
Boze Hertzlinger, a former football player who works at the diner and has wooed Gabrielle in vain, grows jealous of Alan, who decides to leave forthwith.
He mooches a ride from wealthy tourists Mr. and Mrs. Chisholm.
After only a few minutes on the road, however, they encounter Duke Mantee, a notorious gangster fleeing a massive police pursuit.
Duke and his gang seize the Chisholms' car and drive to the diner, where Duke has arranged to rendezvous with his girlfriend, Doris.
Alan, the Chisholms, and their chauffeur soon make their way back to the diner as well.
Indifferent to the hostage situation, Alan engages Duke in lively conversation and toasts him as the last great apostle of rugged individualism.
Duke learns that Doris has been captured, and has revealed their intended rendezvous location.
As police converge on the diner, Duke prepares to flee, announcing that he will take Mr. and Mrs. Chisholm with him.
Inspired by Boze's act of courage, Alan has an inspiration.
While Gabrielle is in the back room bandaging Boze's hand, he produces a life insurance policy from his bag and amends it, making Gabrielle the beneficiary.
Then he asks Duke to kill him so that Gabrielle can use the insurance money to realize her dream of moving to France.
Duke obliges, then leaves with his human shields.
Alan dies in Gabrielle's arms.
Alan's inspiration seems to me an absolutely foolish act.
So does the whole movie.

Apr 05, 2018

Directed by Susannah Ward in 2013, this 60-minute documentary delves into the secrets and tragedies of Chatsworth---home of the Dukes of Devonshire---one of the grandest aristocratic dynasties in England.
The tales of intrigue, tragedy and scandal of this great family seem inextricably interwined with those of the house itself, from the decadent life of the shockingly glamorous Duchess Georgiana to the tumultuous love story between JFK's favorite sister Kathleen and Billy Cavendish.
It is an amazing and fascinating film.
If you're a British history buff, this is a must-see.

Sep 15, 2015

Very interesting documentary.

Sep 07, 2015

I saw the dvd, and I had liked it
this is for everyone to watch

Apr 09, 2013

interesting doc about the era of the wealthy, land-owning aristocracy and their manor homes and the many servants that it took to run them, and how it all begins to fall apart.

Mar 29, 2013

With Downton fever about, this brief documentary really pulls together the best elements of the overall structure & history of this unique period. What I love is they visit Manderston, which was the location for Manor House series.

Dec 07, 2012

This fits right into the background of Downton Abbey.

Dec 04, 2012

PBS has a well deserved reputation for doing documentaries right, and that certainly holds up here. This concerns itself with the manor house lifestyle primarily in the Edwardian era. It examines the period through the social, political, and economic aspects, giving plenty of background on the aristocratic system in England and the life of the servants who kept such places running, stressing the rigid status that had to be adhered to. The documentary also explores the reasons for the decline of the manor society in the wake of monumental change. Highly informative and well worth having a look.

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