The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

DVD - 2012
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The true story of a woman who boldly lived as she pleased in the 1820s comes to the screen in this historical drama. Anne Lister (Maxine Peake) is a wealthy heiress from West Yorkshire who is nicknamed "Gentleman Jack" by her less charitable neighbors; while Anne is an attractive woman, she often dresses in black, pursues "masculine" hobbies such as shooting, has a keen interest in business and has no interest in marriage, much to the chagrin of her aunt (Gemma Jones) and uncle (Alan David). While Anne is discreet, she prefers the intimate company of women, and she begins a clandestine romance with Marianna (Anna Madeley), another woman from a wealthy family. Anne is heartbroken when Marianna gives in to pressure from her family and weds a rich widower considerably older than herself, but in time Anne finds new love with Ann Walker (Christine Bottomley). However, Anne has a rival for Miss Walker's affections in the spirited Christopher Rawson (Dean Lennox Kelly). The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister was adapted from the true life journals of a British socialite of the early 19th Century; the real Miss Lister wrote her diaries in code, and it wasn't until decades after they were discovered that their full story was revealed.
Publisher: [England] : BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc. ; [Canada] : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2012
ISBN: 9780780671089
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC SEC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 91 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Mar 27, 2018

The best part of this DVD, for me, was "The Real Anne Lister with Sue Perkins" in the Special Features section. I wish the movie itself had been as fascinating but, for me, it wasn't. The costumes were beautiful, the sets were beautiful, the landscape was beautiful, but the writing just seemed kind of flat and I actually got kind of bored.

Mar 06, 2017

This is not a movie about lesbians. This is a movie about love. Needing love. Having love taken from you. Settling for love, or some semblance of. It is a beautiful love story.

Sep 25, 2012

This story is based on the writings of Anne Lister, which were finally decoded 150 years after her death. This piece of information helps make the movie a lot more understandable. Ms. Lister does break convention in the time she lived, but sometimes appears to be just a whinging child. She was apparently quite a business woman, which was not a direction the movie was focused in.

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