Agatha Christie – A Life in Pictures

July 26, 2013 - Comment

The world’s most famous mystery writer is somewhat of a mystery herself. This innovative BBC drama uses documented accounts and Christie’s own words to probe the shadowy areas of her early life in a style as gripping and suspenseful as any Christie story. By exploring what really happened during her mysterious 11-day disappearance in 1926,

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The world’s most famous mystery writer is somewhat of a mystery herself. This innovative BBC drama uses documented accounts and Christie’s own words to probe the shadowy areas of her early life in a style as gripping and suspenseful as any Christie story. By exploring what really happened during her mysterious 11-day disappearance in 1926, it traces the events that shaped her career as the undisputed “Queen of Crime.” Starring Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense) as the young Christie with Anna Massey (Possession) as Christie in her later years. Also featuring Raymond Coulthard (Emma) and Anthony O’Donnell (Vera Drake).Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures is a more satisfying, and apparently more factually based, version of the events that transpired in Michael Apted’s 1979 feature Agatha. In 1926, the renowned mystery author Agatha Christie, creator of fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, disappeared for 11 days, prompting a nationwide hunt. When she was discovered, it was clear she had no memory of who or where she was, or what specifically happened to precipitate her crisis. The ingenious A Life in Pictures approaches these extraordinary events from two angles: first, as seen by the then-contemporary Christie (Olivia Williams), undergoing psychiatric care and confronting old fears and memories, and much later, in 1962, as an old woman (Anna Massey) interviewed on the 10th anniversary of Christie’s hit play, The Mousetrap. This taut drama has an unnerving and spooky quality underscoring Christie’s psychological distress. But what’s most interesting is the story’s growing portrait of a woman living two lives, one for the public and another for herself. There’s some fun in here, too: a sequence in which Christie explains how she invented Poirot (inspired by Belgian refugees she knew during World War I) is charming and playful. –Tom Keogh

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bernie "xyzzy" says:

The secret life of Christie’s We get an insight from her childhood played by Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter Films), her flirtatious days, her first marriage, her 11 day disappearance, and her second marriage. No longer is she the woman of mystery. Or does this just bring up more mystery and speculation?The mid-age Christ1e is played by Olivia Williams (Anna Crowe in “The Sixth Sense”) and the aged Christie was played by Anna Massey (Lady Bailey in “Possession”.)This film is a must…

Brian E. Erland "Rainbow Sphinx" says:

“A Woman Behaving Strangely” ~ Anxieties, Delusions And A Mysterious Disappearance The ’04 documentary style film `Agatha Christie – A Life in Pictures’ provides a marginally interesting biography/psychological study of the famous English mystery novelist Agatha Christie. The film bounces back and forth through time to tell its story, featuring Oliva Williams and Anna Massey in the role of Agatha at different stages of life. The primary focus of the plot deals with Agatha’s infamous eleven missing days of that baffled England and the apparent and convenient amnesia following…

clown says:

a life in picture agatha christie was brought to life in this movie the acting was exalent everything about this movie was top rate

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