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ANNE WITH AN E
May 12, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

SERIES PREMIERE: I adored the 1985 PBS version of Anne of Green Gables, a delightful miniseries produced and exported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The CBC, working with Netflix, is behind this new version as well. It’s renamed Anne with an E, and it’s excellent to a T. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 novel, more than a century old, still casts a potent spell, and still is suitable (make that fabulous) entertainment for the entire family. And now, as adapted by Moira Walley-Beckett from Breaking Bad, it’s even edgier and more proudly feminist than ever, without losing any of its loving charm. Amybeth McNulty, as the freckled, imaginative Anne, is a total delight. For my full review, listen today to NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, or, this afternoon or later, visit the Fresh Air website. And for a full TVWW review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.

 
 
 
 
 
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