Breathless

Breathless

DVD - 2014
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Follows the lives of a group of doctors and nurses working in a London hospital, a world in which everything and everyone has their place. But underneath this veneer simmers a cauldron of lies and guilty secrets, driven by love, ambition and sex. Breathless opens in 1961, a time when Britain was on the brink of the '60s revolution, abortion is illegal and the contraceptive pill is only just available to married women.
Publisher: [United States] :, Distributed by PBS Distribution,, 2014.
Edition: Original UK ed. ; Widescreen version.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781627890564
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (DVD) (approximately 4.5 hr.) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, video, stereo, rda
widescreen, rda
DVD, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD, region 1, rda

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prunskunas
Aug 28, 2020

Some of the comments make me wonder if the people making them expect all period dramas to have the characters act as they would today, which would be revisionist by definition. Of course women were limited in the roles they could play. That wasn't a good thing, but it was reality. I don't know when it ceased to be required behavior, but in US hospitals, nurses were required to stand when a doctor entered the room.

Those born after, say, 1970, have no idea what a death sentence cancer was before chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and other advanced oncological therapies. This series hints at that, with one character having no options after doctors discovered that her cancer had spread.

The actors are as good as those in most British dramas, in other words, much better than in the typical US drama. Period costumes, hair stylings, furnishings, and automobiles add to the ambience.

The almost-romance between Otto Powell and Angela Wilson, always being interrupted, reminds me of Remington Steele, though Laura Holt never had a black husband.

Don't worry, the plots are explained well enough, though not until the very end.

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dirtbag
Sep 29, 2019

Uneven acting and sometimes the story is ridiculous. However, there are moments of outstanding performances.

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kpelish
Apr 28, 2018

A soap opera, not story-telling. Boring privileged doctors whose moments of humanity are mostly overshadowed by their arrogance. This is set in 1961, so the women are either saintly nurses/wives or tragic figures, with only a couple stories offering a nuanced future.

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olaffrost
Mar 03, 2017

It was interesting to see how the sixties era was recreated but it was kind of silly to see how all those heavy smokers had modern shining white sets of teeth, so the realism fell off there. In the video seen earlier from the library of the tv music show of the sixties a lot of rough teeth can be seen.

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tenet
Nov 18, 2016

Rated 5/10. I have mixed feelings about these average set of episodes. None of the characters I cared about.

This was intended as an ongoing series, but was not renewed for a second one.

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ljsteph
Nov 10, 2015

Where do I sign up for the Second season?

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firefly5
Nov 08, 2015

I just can't seem to get into this one.

MsDuchess66 Jul 23, 2015

I liked the program. It is a little slow, but tasteful, unlike a lot of the other programs on local TV or cable. Looking forward to the next season, hope it is much better and longer.

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IV27HUjg
Mar 17, 2015

Set in British hospital system of the early '60's when doctors were considered untouchable, infallible gods, when women were mere objects of sex..'.What tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive' W. Scott. Well done as the era with dress, manners, restrictive societal rules. At some future date this could be labeled 'a period costume drama'. The mystery of it is fairly good & plausible. PBS series I'd gladly view again.

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jimg2000
Jan 03, 2015

It's a "soapy" medical drama on the lives of a surgical team members and their families in the New London Hospital during the early 1960's; and overshadowing everything, there was a breathtaking decade old secret that was unraveling fast.

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jimg2000
Jan 03, 2015

Angela: I should be back to the ward, Mr. Powell. Life is an easy thing to lose.
Otto: And to waste.
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Margaret (to Richard): Do not make the mistake of thinking you can play with me, or her (Richard's wife Jean). We'll tear you to shreds.
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Angela: Thank you for what you've done. Seeing those babies being delivered...the way you helped Alice...I don't think I've ever felt more alive ...or happier. And then to be told they were ... Do you think life is always like this ... playing tricks on you?
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Ronald (only reference to 'breathe'): And in that bed, a woman lay, unconscious. I looked at her...and I could hardly breathe.

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