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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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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lizardi
Dec 25, 2018

While there is good acting (afterall, it's BBC), it is slow, dark and gloomy. This is not a movie to watch if you are subject to low moods. I made the mistake of watching it Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It probably would have played better on a large screen. With all the challenges we have now in present day US, at least we're not living with the ignorance and superstition of the 17th Century.

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userafin
Dec 04, 2018

On the whole, it was a pleasant experience watching The Miniaturist. I would recommend it.

The story is enticing - a mystery, but not a whodunit. The period costumes of the Netherlands were done well and the miniatures cleverly crafted.

However, the story is rather slow moving at times especially in the first 2 episodes, and the interior of the home gloomy and poorly lit throughout the episodes making the rich interior decor a waste of time.

Does the story end after 3 episodes? It should not but it does. At the end of third episode, I expected another episode just to bring clarity as to why the miniatures were made by the strange willowy wispy woman with mesmerizing eyes and why she sent them the way she did, even when not asked. She was not a convincing character when she does speak up...
Not a neat finish!

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ANTHONYZEDAN
Dec 01, 2018

A BBC three-part miniseries that tells the story of a lavish house, full of mysteries and innuendoes, of a rich Dutch Merchant who marries a young, beautiful but poor aristocratic lady set in 17th Century Amsterdam. The prosperous Dutch merchant must navigate the complex world of high society, appearances, guilds, imported perishable goods, Calvinism, an overbearing live-in sister, and the blurring line between friends and enemies. He purchases a doll's house which is an exact replica of his home to keep his young wife busy furnishing its empty rooms with her heart's desire.

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ralwal
Nov 26, 2018

Very slow, didn’t get my attention.

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dont_blink_now
Nov 21, 2018

I wanted to like this series. It's three hours of great costumes, dark sets and lots of door slamming with a little bit of plot thrown in just wasn't that captivating.

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lilleg
Nov 16, 2018

Creepy

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QuentinHayes
Nov 06, 2018

Bizarre and not in an interesting way. I couldn't finish it, despite the adorable dresses & furniture.

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LauraSteinert
Oct 20, 2018

Is a time when religious zealots ran the government and could pronounce sugar the worst drug to plague mankind (you can imagine the mirror image today) a gay man is ruined by a woman who hates his sister, a marriage is ruined by forces beyond the couple, and the Church works to destroy any person who doesn't bend to the "voice of God." Racial prejudice, homophobia, religious frenzy, corrupt courts, social stigma, and oh so much more that has not changes in 300 years. Please watch this.

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B00ks2go
Oct 20, 2018

Strange is a good descriptor. Pro-gay, anti-church tale of how people's lives are ruined by racism, homophobia, and religious hysteria. Probably the worst negative reviews are really about the fact that in the story women are the seat of power.

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