The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist

DVD - 2017
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A woman moves to live with her new husband in seventeenth century Amsterdam, but soon discovers that not everything is what it seems.
Publisher: [Arlington, Virgina] : PBS, [2017]
Edition: UK edition.
ISBN: 9781531705305
1531705308
Branch Call Number: DVD TV SHOW MINIATUR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 150 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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video file,DVD video,region 1

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ZenRuth
Mar 22, 2020

I should have realized something was wrong with the plot and the characters when I started noticing the costumes. I am a professional historical customer, retired , and I was struck by how truly authenticly the costumes reproduce the look of that time. When I start noticing the costumes in a period Drama, it usually means I'm bored. What distracted me from the lack of continuity in the plot, was a problem with the audio. It wasn't the accents, I've been listening to various British accents since I was six. And I had no trouble understanding anybody in the making of featurette. But it was as if everyone was swallowing their lines and you couldn't turn the audio up loud enough without distortion. Add to that, you really had to pay attention to understand what was going on, because it was so muddled. Should I mention little continuity errors such as when Johannes in prison goes from long hair to shorn head with no explanation? And yes, in retrospect it feels like they had a check list of social issues to include and checked each one off as the plot progressed. Definitely better than some of the brutal Detective fiction that's out there, but not up to Masterpiece Theater standards

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AureliaReads
Jan 05, 2020

Amazing costumes and sets. The husband gives a stellar performance, the wife a tad less but still fine, in a more difficult role. I agree with other reviews that the mystery (who is making the miniatures and why) ends up in a sort of odd, implausible and unsatisfactory way. For me, the main plot point became religion: its irrationality and its cruelty towards believers and non-believers alike.

Outstanding cinematography. fascinating plot.

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empbee
Aug 08, 2019

A clever mix of mystery and social drama set in the seventeenth century Dutch city of Amsterdam. The setting is like a series of Vermeer paintings.

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firefly5
Jul 16, 2019

This story takes place during the 17th century in Amsterdam. The story itself touches on many subjects. The secrets in the lives of the people who live together weave through out the story. The costumes are amazing, very elaborate and beautiful. Both the female costumes and the male costumes have a lot of detail, sometimes hidden in the lining. There are times when everyone is dressed in black and it is a very sombre gathering. The story is told in three parts. There are a few surprises and it did keep me interested.

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Carbunkle
Jun 13, 2019

Beautiful production. Good acting. The story was ridiculous and more than a little boring.

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Shellie1_us
May 29, 2019

I usually love BBC period dramas, and they rarely disappoint me. This one did. This mini series is a tale of contemporary issues set in Amsterdam what looks to be the 1600's. Great job in the setting and clothes, but, a confusing story(to put it kindly) that is not believable. I almost did not finish it, and will never watch again.

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Merenwen
Apr 22, 2019

This was quite interesting, although things weren't clearly explained at the end. I think it would have benefited from being made as four or five parts instead of limiting it to three.

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justjenn001
Feb 05, 2019

After so much buzz surrounding the book (which I couldn't get into) I was really excited to see this miniseries. At the end if the series I wondered why anyone liked the book, I was glad I didn't invest the time into reading it. The characters were great but it was all a horrible tragedy that ends with a big "What?!?" So while the series was enjoyable to watch, the plot left me upset. I wouldn't recommend to anyone unless they love tragedies.

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CaptainHecto
Jan 10, 2019

There are good things here: terrific period costumes and lighting plus strong performances from Alex Hassell and Romola Garai. The locations are not authentic Amsterdam, but the green screen work (which makes use of the canals and the Pieterskerk in Leiden) is good enough to make it appear that way. The problems are twofold: the screenplay, which compresses the plot and pushes the action along too quickly; and the rather flat central figure of Petronella Oortman, played by Anya Taylor-Joy. Her transition from a clueless blonde meisje uit het platteland to a city-smart gal who accepts her husband's homosexuality and eventually takes over his business is not convincing. But the producers no doubt wanted to foreground the themes of repressed sexuality and strong woman to appeal to a contemporary audience. It's worth watching, but it could have been much better if the 'message' aspect had not been so intrusive.

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Sep 25, 2019

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