|I have no witty title for this entry, alas.
||[May. 28th, 2005|11:26 am]
I can't believe I've been on Livejournal for three years and have only just discovered this community! I became a fan of I, CLAVDIVS when it was re-broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre in the early '90s as part of their 25th (?) anniversary celebration. My husband urged me to watch it with him, saying he thought I would really like it. I was pretty dubious at first.|
But I sat in front of a small black-and-white tv in the bedroom for how many weeks, watching the saga unfold. I knew something about Roman history, enough to recognize many of the names and be somewhat familiar with the culture, but it had never been portrayed to me like this! The performances held me rapt. I already knew Jacobi was a good actor, but I was amazed at what he did with Claudius. I was awed by Brian Blessed, Sian Phillips, George Baker. After seeing the series I read and enjoyed the novels, and when I started working for the city's Central Library, I borrowed the videotapes and we watched it again. And again. I thrilled to the sight of Patrick Stewart in a curly wig and John Hurt in women's clothes. It had everything--sex, politics, intrigue, romance, tough women, hot guys, pagan gods, and scanty costumes.
Recently we came into possession of the complete series on VHS. A member of our parish died, and once his family had settled his estate, there were still a lot of possessions left over. Other folks from the parish have taken what they wanted, and we've got I, CLAVDIVS, a lot of operas on video, cookbooks, and a Cuisinart. *g* I find myself having a hard time here expressing why I adore this series so much, but I'll probably be watching it again in the near future now that I own it. Salvete!