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Masterpiece Theatre; Joseph Conrad's Nostromo


Nostromo Episode 1 Reel 1 of 2 60 min.

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Masterpiece Theatre
Joseph Conrad's Nostromo
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Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

This adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel "Nostromo" comes to the screen in a lavish international production that captures love, honor, obsession and greed in a mythical South American country during the 1890s. The series stars Colin Firth, Albert Finney, Claudia Cardinale, Serena Scott-Thomas and Brian Dennehy, with Italian film actor Claudio Amendola in the title role. Episode One--In the 1890s, Englishman Charles Gould returns to his boyhood home of Costaguana in South America to reopen the family silver mine where his father was killed in an insurrection years earlier. Welcomed by the country's government and leading citizens, Gould and his wife soon find themselves embroiled in a revolution. Episode Two--With armed factions battling for control of the silver-rich country of Costaguana in South America, mine owner Charles Gould turns to the one man who can safeguard his amassed silver bullion -- Nostromo, the incorruptible head of the dockworkers. After a harrowing sea voyage, Nostromo and an accomplice manage to hide the treasure. Episode Three--Nostromo helps gain independence for a silver-rich province in the South American country of Costaguana. Having safeguarded a fortune in silver for the winning faction, he finds that everyone assumes it is irretrievably lost. Will the wealth that caused his country so much misery now work its corrosive evil on him?

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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Joseph Conrad's Nostromo,” 01/05/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 18, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_33342DE602724D06AC81925651D37EC6.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Joseph Conrad's Nostromo.” 01/05/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 18, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_33342DE602724D06AC81925651D37EC6>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Joseph Conrad's Nostromo. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_33342DE602724D06AC81925651D37EC6
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