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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Agatha Christie - A Life in Pictures'
(Olivia Williams, Anna Massey , et al / DVD / NR / (2004) 2006 / Acorn Media)

Overview: In December 1926, best-selling mystery writer Agatha Christie suddenly vanishes, leaving her husband Archie with no clue as to her whereabouts. After ten days, she is discovered by a journalist staying in a hotel in Yorkshire under a false name. Subsequently she remembers (or claims to remember) nothing about her activities during this time. She visits a psychiatrist, who uses hypnosis in an attempt to get to the bottom of her apparent amnesia. She tells him about her early life: her middle-class childhood, experiences during World War One and courtship by the charming but faithless Archie.

DVD Verdict: 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. 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 for Christie fans and the curios alike. It holds your attention and you find yourself speculating and getting ahead of the story. The only drawback is the sound byte formula where they focus on one person or item no linger than five minutes and then cut to something else. Along with this is the back and forth through time gimmick where you start in the present and go back to her mid-age psychiatrist, then her childhood, then her disappearance, then her old age then, mid-age psychiatrist, and so forth. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Agatha Christie archival photo gallery
Cast filmographies