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The Barretts of Wimpole Street by Rudolf…

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1930)

by Rudolf Besier

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An interesting play with some powerful scenes. The empty life the Barrett siblings led, and the twisted reason for it were incredibly portrayed. This edition is illustrated with black and white photos from the stage production starring Katherine Cornell. The most amazing characters were Elizabeth - trying to spare Robert (Browning) from the anger of her father - and Edward Barrett himself - hating his children and himself because he fears his own lust, and the children are the living reminder. I was especially struck by his absolute terror of ever being wrong! Robert Browning comes as a cool breath of sanity into the stuffy life on Wimpole Street. I can't believe this play is as old as it is! ( )
  MerryMary | Sep 29, 2008 |
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Elizabeth Barrett's bed-sitting-room at Number 50, Wimpole Street, London.
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A dramatic portrayal of the romance of poets, Elizabeth Barrett (Norma Shearer) and Robert Browning (Fredric March). The invalid poetess who regains her health after falling in love with the famous poet elopes with the poet against the wishes of her tyrannical father (Charles Laughton), who exhibits an incestuous attachment for Elizabeth, as well as an over domineering control of all the Barrett siblings in their personal adult relationships. The story is set in London, England, starting in the year, 1845.… (more)

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