Poldark: The Vampire That We Need
This chapter compares two television productions of Poldark (1975, 2015) to show how each generation represents the eighteenth century to construct the history that it wants. The portrayals of Ross by Robin Ellis and Aidan Turner, and of Demelza by Angharad Rees and Eleanor Tomlinson reify significantly different norms. The subsequent analysis of cinematic technique focuses on the second Poldark’s use of heritage film conventions. Drawing on ideas of the “post-heritage film” and the “retrovision,” the chapter contends that 2015s Poldark addressed two histories: national history and film history in the form of heritage film. Using heritage film’s conventions, Poldark accepted and challenged heritage film as a genre, in part by constructing a national history ostentatiously different from the one expected from heritage film.
KeywordsPoldark Aidan Turner Adaptation Heritage film Eighteenth century English history 1700–1799
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