Tea With the Dames

Tea With the Dames

DVD - 2019 | Widescreen version
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Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actresses of the time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable awards between them. They are also longtime friends who invite viewers to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their candid, delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight.
Publisher: New York, NY : IFC Films, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: 792.028082 T
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Without these four ladies, theater, television, and cinema would practically cease to exist. Hear from them separately and together as Dench, Smith, Plowright, and Atkins share their memories of life and careers.

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Feb 23, 2020

Delightful! I thoroughly enjoyed the visit with Mags, Jude and the rest. Found their banter very revealing about their character. If you enjoy these Dames on film, you'll enjoy this I imagine.

Sep 22, 2019

for all the star power in the room I found this less than I was hoping for
I thought the actors themselves seemed uncomfortable with the format of the questions
they are all great and it was wonderful to see them together before the end of their era

Jul 01, 2019

A fun visit with the leading female lights of British theatre. I knock off a star for the video because while the conversations with the ladies were fun and entertaining, the overall style of shooting and editing resulted in a bit of a confusing mess; hard to follow at times. Well worth watching if you are a fan of these stellar women.

May 31, 2019

Other favorites?
While I wait for this DVD, would love recommendations for other movies that star these actresses. I've seen "Tea with Mussolini" (starring three of these actresses) ... "Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing" with Maggie Smith ... and "Iris" with Judi Dench – as well as "Enchanted April" ... and of course "Downton Abbey."

May 29, 2019

I love these actresses but I found this documentary uncomfortably produced with long pauses and a lack of anybody asking questions much to push it along. Still.... they are fabulous. Did not know that Joan Plowright had lost her sight. She was so great in 'Enchanted April'.

May 21, 2019

Absolutely delight-full!!!

May 06, 2019

This is lighthearted entertainment with renowned British actors.

N.B.: Some expletives throughout the movie...

May 02, 2019

Entertaining documentary featuring four great British actresses of theater and film--Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright--who also happen to be occasional co-stars and longtime friends. By this point in their lives they have all been--what's the female equivalent of being knighted? They are now Dames of the British Empire and meet periodically for tea and gossipy chat at the home of Plowright (widow of Sir Laurence Olivier), the oldest of the quartet who now is blind.

They were persuaded to allow in cameras to capture one of these get-togethers; the result is a frequently hilarious and occasionally poignant trip down personal and professional memory lane. Even if you don't immediately recognize the names, you are probably familiar with some of the work of each of them. Between them there is a breathtaking wealth of iconic performances.

Interspersed throughout the witty banter are a number of clips, some in fuzzy black and white, some in sparkling high def color, featuring scenes from work as recent as Downton Abbey (yet another signature role for the enduring Maggie Smith) and going as far back as 1952 (a very young Judi Dench in what appears to be a school production). I highly recommend Tea with the Dames; it is a treat.

ArapahoeJillA Mar 25, 2019

I truly enjoyed watching these four amazing actresses chat about their lives, their loves, their jobs, and their dear friendships. If you love any of them, this movie is a must see!

Mar 24, 2019

An introspective look into the lives of the 4 Great Dames of Drama. I loved the flash backs to their younger years. An interesting 'tea with the Dames'.

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