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Post by Admin on Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:05 am

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Sunday, 19 December 2010
Devil's whore

Andrea Riseborough has been on a lucky casting streak recently. On TV in 2008, she played the young Margaret Thatcher deliciously well. In 2010, Never Let Me Go, Made in Dagenham and Brighton Rock have given her a trio of British movie successes. In between, she'd collected two Best Actress awards for her title role in The Devil's Whore, a flamboyant BBC TV four-part drama series set in Civil War times.

"Describe in 200 minutes the Civil War period (1642-1660) in terms of interesting politico-religious groups, a sexy and wilful young woman, the beheading of a king and subjugation of brave women and the noble Irish people", is the assignment apparently given himself by Peter Flannery, the saga's screenwriter and experienced British TV writer (co-awardee for Our Friends in the North in 1996 and most recently the creator/producer of Inspector George Gently).

He added: "Do so without focusing negative attention on anti-Catholicism, class warfare, Puritanism, squalor, Scotland and all the hundreds of characters involved in England history's bloodiest period." What TV audiences ended up with was typically well-constructed BBC period piece, an above-average well-acted historical strip-tease with a fictional central character and a few warped historical strands. Fun to look at; nothing to believe.

Riseborough revels in the role of Angelica Fanshawe, the impossibly (for the 17th Century) precocious girl who marries her childhood friend, the son of a minor rural lord. They both know and adore their nicely mannered king, Charles I (Peter Capaldi, The Thick of It), though Angelica does talk much out of her social and sexual standing in society.

Civil War breaks out when the king is challenged by Parliament, and Angelica is widowed when the king orders her husband's execution for surrendering his lands to the rebel army. This is led by handsome Oliver Cromwell (Dominic The Wire West), a nicely mannered farmer, and even more handsome Thomas Rainsborough (Michael Centurion Fassbender), who knew and soon knoweth Angelica.

Watching from the wings from the very start has been Thomas Sexby (John Life on Mars Simm), a gloomy facially-gashed soldier returned from German wars and employed as Angelica's protector, which labour of sword-fighting love becomes unpaid self-employment when her second husband is assassinated. For fictional reasons hard to explain in terms of any history, the plot frequently brings Angelica into the lives of rabble-rousing republican preacher Honest John Lilburne (Tom Goodman-Hill, chewing scenery and laughing badly) and his sanctimoniously valiant wife.

Angelica, initially a loyal royalist, had become a "Leveller" with her second husband. She agrees to a marriage of convenience with Sexby so that she can return to the land become a "Digger" and, in due dramatic course, a "Ranter", while her third husband has been unwillingly helping Cromwell to batter the Irish into submission without any scenes mentioning Roman Catholicism.

She is set up to be betrayed by a false Ranter by a vindictive merchant who had acquired her ancestral lands, whom she must kill after her third husband returned from Ireland just in time to disembowel the Ranter and get set up to be betrayed himself during an assassination attempt on Cromwell. Angelica, widowed a third time, is with child from her one night of passion with Sexby, and her story ends with at home with a daughter in a land with a new king.

TV drama director Marc Munden (Vanity Fair) keeps the actors and action moving speedily through colourfully well-lit glamorous and humble settings packed with extras. The background music is irritating, but less so than the over-used computer-generated skyscapes of scudding ominous clouds. They are nagging reminders that this historical drama is a fantastical cartoon.

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The Devil’s Whore (2008): TV Review
Posted on April 13, 2011 by carolineguerin

Historical drama is a tricky nut to crack. Not many writers have the talent to capture period language and bring it to the screen in a way that is not anachronistic, but at the same time brims with life. Peter Flannery is one of those blessed few. His experience in television and theatre embues in him a lyricism and economy of language, even when couched in heavy 17th century English. It is this quality of writing that makes The Devil’s Whore stand out as a piece of television drama.

The story begins with the wedding of the heroine Angelica Fanshawe (a luminous Andrea Riseborough) at the court of King Charles I of England. Plague sweeps the country and the people are denied a voice by a king who will not let the parliament sit. Naive and traumatised by her childhood abandonment by her mother, she is plagued by visions of a devil that are indicative of a sensuality that is at odds with the age in which she lives. Her husband and boyhood friend Harry is no match for her strength of character, and instead feels obliged to master her.

In the shadows waits Edward Sexby (John Simm), a mercenary whose bleak view of humanity reveals a deeply scarred character. He lives for nobody and nothing but killing, but loves Angelica with a passion. He finds a mission in life when he switches sides to fight on the side of Oliver Cromwell (Dominic West) and Thomas Rainsborough (Michael Fassbender).

Angelica is impoverished when her husband is executed by the king for surrendering his house to Cromwell’s forces. When she kills a would-be rapist, she is targetted by Joliffe (Tim McInnerny) who labels her ‘the devil’s whore’ and pledges himself to hunting her down. She meets with and falls in love with the enlightened Rainsborough, who accepts her past and appears to be the ideal future husband. It is Sexby, however, who saves her from Joliffe’s evil machinations time and again.

Cromwell begins to fear that Rainsborough will rise up against him and has him assassinated, leaving Angelica bereft and prey to Joliffe’s plans to have her condemned as a whore and murderess. Sexby saves her from the hangman’s noose and asks her to marry him, having sworn to Rainsborough to protect her. He leaves her to follow Cromwell’s New Model Army to Ireland, and finally has his eyes opened to the general’s savagery.

Meanwhile, Angelica is undergoing her own brand of spiritual transformation. She joins a liberated religious group, but little does she know that Joliffe is again attempting to engineer her destruction. Once more, it is Sexby who rescues her but he finally gets his reward – Angelica declares her love for him. Fate intervenes when Cromwell has him exiled and plans to have himself crowned king. Sexby returns with one mission in mind – to kill the king.

The Devils’ Whore is hampered by lack of budget which preumably restricted its length and forced storylines to be condensed and characters – most notably the dastardly Prince Rupert – to disappear altogether. However, the epic scale of the story, the well-conceived and complex characterisation and most notably, the elegance and majesty of the screenplay make it compelling viewing. The acting is uniformly stellar, most notably a knockout performance from rising star Riseborough, despite her character being burdened with some overly modern opinions and traits. John Simm makes a suitably dashing, brooding hero, whose character arc is thoroughly believable and tragic.

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The Devil’s Whore
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Set between the years 1642 and 1660, “The Devil’s Whore” charts the progress of the English Civil War through the eyes of the a 17 year old girl, the fictional Angelica Fanshawe.

English period productions have a reputation for restraint. While it doesn’t go as far as the almost-soap-opera The Tudors, restraint is not the watch-word in The Devil’s Whore. Instead we have plenty of sex, violence and even a few demonic visions, with some history thrown in.

Concerning the events of the English Civil War, the story is told through the eyes of a fictional young noblewoman, Angelica Fanshawe, played by Andrea Riseborough. Angelica somehow ends up experiencing almost every aspect of the civil war, born into privilege and a prominent place in Charles I’s court, only to lose it all when her husband is executed. With her sympathy switched to the Levellers, Angelica becomes some sort of highwayman (sorry, highwaywoman) for a time, before marrying a senior figure of the Levellers, Thomas Rainsborough, (Michael Fassbender), only for her criminal past to catch up with her. When her husband is assassinated, Angelica herself narrowly escapes execution. And that’s only the half of it.

If you think this sounds far too convoluted to believe, well, you’re right. Angelica’s situation is far too convenient, to marry not one but two important figures of the English Civil war, to be on close terms with both the King and Cromwell, to consort with all manner of nobles, cavaliers, roundheads and puritans. It doesn’t help that Angelica is firmly in the mold of other ‘swashbuckling’ heroines of pop culture such as Elizabeth of Pirates of the Caribbean and Arwen of LOTR, who, when not looking utterly ravishing in their gorgeous frocks are brandishing swords and smiting enemies. She also has a few politically correct orations of truth, justice and freedom to deliver. Riseborough delivers a passionate and sympathetic heroine, but at some point, her efforts are not enough to keep an eyebrow from being raised, particularly when Angelica storms into a church and begins pontificating about heaven and hell. Maxine Peake’s portrayal of real-life figure Elizabeth Lilburne, wife of agitator John Lilburne, is a much more historically accurate figure: she is a wife utterly devoted to her husband and to his cause, and breaks a few conventions herself.

When we do get round to the factual events they are impressively acted. Dominic West may look nothing like Oliver Cromwell but he makes him into a fascinatingly ambiguous character. In the first few episodes he seems willing to compromise with his fellow men, from Charles to his fellow revolutionaries, but as he gains more power he becomes a more ruthless, shadowy figure. Michael Fassbender and Tim Goodman-Hill are both excellent in their portrayal of men who passionately promote their causes. But who could forget the ever-versatile John Simm as Edward Sexby. Sexby is driven by obsessions, first for blood, which he is soon cured of, then by the cause of the Levellers which is soon corrupted, and finally in his determination to assassinate a tyrant. But his enduring obsession is with Angelica, and their romantic plot-line is probably the best distraction from fact that the drama has to offer. Simm and Riseborough have an excellent chemistry which the writers draw out through the series.

Ultimately, should you wish to know more about the English Civil War you would be better to start with wikipedia than the Devil’s Whore. But for those who like their dramas saucy, sordid and striking, The Devil’s Whore has much in store.

* Regie: Marc Munden
* Scenariu: Martine Brant, Peter Flannery
* Actori: Andrea Riseborough, Dominic West, Tom Goodman-Hill, John Simm, Maxine Peake, Michael Fassbender
* Țara: UK
* Limba: engleză
* An: 2008
* IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1050057/ (7.1)
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