Richardson manages to capture beautifully the essential feel of the novel: a generous celebration of human spirit. The first half is brilliant in this respect, from the bold individual characterisations to the stunning cinematography of the hunt scene. Loses its way a bit in the second half but still tremendous fun. And what a cast: three generations of acting aristocracy.
A period film that the British do so well.Tom Finney the son of a Salford bookie & was part of that British working class flowering that brought the Beetles amongst so many others and much down to Rab Butler's 1944 Education Act.Britain's social mobility has gone into decline since then as the wealth of the country has cascaded upwards as in the US.Mrs Thatcher broke so much of Britain that has yet to be repaired.