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The Way We Live Now ()

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featuring David Suchet, Matthew MacFadyen, Paloma Baeza, Cheryl Campbell, Shirley Henderson

The six-part British miniseries The Way We Live Now was adapted from the satirical 1875 novel by Anthony Trollope. The central character was Augustus Melmotte (David Suchet), a mysterious international financier of questionable parentage. Invading the uppermost circles of Victorian society, Melmotte inveigled a considerable number of prominent Londoners in a spectacular get-rich-quick scheme. Among those involved were the Carburys, an aristocratic but cash-poor family anxious to recoup their fortunes by whatever means necessary. Details essential to the plot include the somewhat one-sided romance between Melmotte's rebellious daughter Marie (Shirley Henderson) and caddish Sir Felix Cadbury (Matthew MacFadyen), the exploits of an American adventuress (Miranda Otto) with a predilection for shooting her lovers, and a high-born author of trashy romance novels. Though written in the late 19th century, the story line had a queasily contemporary significance to those burned by such financial peccadillos as the Enron scandal in the early 21st century. Originally telecast by the BBC beginning November 11, 2001, The Way We Live Now was shown in America (as a four-parter) on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre starting April 1, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Di53

The Way We Live Now

by Di53 on Dec 31, 2009

Excellent story and casting. Plot involves capitalism and greed in England, love and hate, and how important money was to social standing, and the lengths some people will go to get power. Melmont is truly Faustian! Many 'aristocrats' who lived off of nothing except bad credit and their 'ancient' name owed money to people like Melmot to allow them to keep the lifestyles to which they were accustomed, such as gambling, servants, drinking, etc., and they could not afford to offend him. This story shows how people can be taken in by promises of money and power. It is a sweeping story, involving a lot of great actors and a well put together plot. Highly recommend!

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