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Cousin Bette 

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A poor and homely spinster, who feels she's been walked on all her life, teams up with a scheming courtesan to wreak elaborate revenge on her rich and handsome relatives.
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1972  
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Series cast summary:
Margaret Tyzack ...  Cousin Bette 5 episodes, 1971
Thorley Walters ...  Baron Hector Hulot 5 episodes, 1971
Helen Mirren ...  Valerie 5 episodes, 1971
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ...  Adeline 5 episodes, 1971
John Bryans John Bryans ...  Crevel 5 episodes, 1971
Harriet Harper Harriet Harper ...  Hortense 5 episodes, 1971
Colin Baker ...  Count Wenceslas Steinbock 5 episodes, 1971
Edward de Souza ...  Henri Montes 5 episodes, 1971
Davyd Harries ...  Victorin 5 episodes, 1971
Esmond Knight ...  General Hulot / ... 4 episodes, 1971
Oscar Quitak Oscar Quitak ...  Marneffe 4 episodes, 1971
Robert Speaight Robert Speaight ...  Johann Fischer 4 episodes, 1971
Ericka Crowne Ericka Crowne ...  Celestine 4 episodes, 1971
Sally James Sally James ...  Marie 4 episodes, 1971
Margaret Boyd Margaret Boyd ...  Mariette 3 episodes, 1971
Michael Mulcaster Michael Mulcaster ...  Leon - Footman 3 episodes, 1971
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A poor and homely spinster, who feels she's been walked on all her life, teams up with a scheming courtesan to wreak elaborate revenge on her rich and handsome relatives.

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English

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5 November 1972 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Malevolent, and then some
23 December 2011 | by bob998See all my reviews

I saw a couple of episodes of Cousin Bette in the early 70's on a cheap b/w TV, and now the chance has come to see it again digitally restored and in colour. What splendid entertainment it is. The sets and costumes are not out of the top drawer, and the lighting is occasionally wayward, but the performances are excellent, especially those of Margaret Tyzack as Bette and Helen Mirren as Valerie. The melodrama which is essential to most Balzac stories is given its full value here: there is even a professional poisoner to whom one character has recourse in a desperate moment.

The secondary roles are well filled. Oscar Quitak, looking like Ian Holm in a villainous part, is good as Marneffe, the man who rises in the world by renting out his beautiful wife. Thorley Walters, John Bryans and Edward de Souza are the three men who can't get enough of the lovely Valerie. Walters is fascinating as the man whose sexual drive has catastrophic consequences for his family.


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