Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Forgotten TV: Therese Raquin
In 1980 the BBC adapted Emile Zola's Therese Raquin, which does not get enough attention for being a terrific crime novel. It was a part of Masterpiece Theater season in a 3-episode adaption.
(From Wikipedia) Thérèse Raquin tells the story of a young woman, unhappily married to her first cousin by an overbearing aunt who may seem to be well-intentioned but in many ways is deeply selfish. Therese's husband, Camille, is sickly and egocentric, and when the opportunity arises, Thérèse enters into a turbulent and sordidly passionate affair with one of Camille's friends, Laurent.
The BBC version stars Kate Nelligan, Brian Cox and some other familiar faces. It was good enough to send me off to read several Zola novels. This was my favorite although he is a terrific writer.