Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble - 1999 - TVDirected by James Keach
Airdate: October 15, 2000 - CBS
Based on: "Fanny Kemble: Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839." Available at amazon.com
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|Jane Seymour||....||Fanny Kemble|
|Keith Carradine||....||Pierce Butler|
|Janet-Laine Green||....||Elisabeth Sedgwick|
|James Keach||....||Doctor Huston|
|Brett Porter||....||Owen Parker|
|Dara Perlmutter||....||Sarah Kemble|
|Alanna Delory||....||Frances Kemble|
Fanny Kemble is a world-famous actress on a tour in pre-Civil War America. Pierce Butler is the handsome southern gentleman who sweeps her off her feet. Fanny thinks she's finally found the love and wealth she's never had, but it comes with a horrifying price. Pierce's money is made from a brutal slave plantation in Georgia.
When the couple moves to the plantation, Fanny is faced with the appalling living conditions forced on the slaves. When she tries to improve their situation, she herself is savagely punished. Frustrated and deceived, the time has come for her to make the ultimate moral choice.
"She was one of the rarest of women. A prouder nature never affronted the long humiliation of life. She had from the first, abundantly lived." ~ Henry James
Beyond the movie in which all the actors play perfectly, you'll recognize a theme approached several times in Lady Jane's movies: a fight against injustice in spite of obstacles and the defense of a human being's regard and freedom. She portrays this behavior in her movies as well as in her life. It's also because of that we love this great lady.
Summary provided by Heléne Ducos