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in drama, poetry, historiography, propaganda, fiction and the cinema, from the aspiringly epic to the frankly kitsch'.
What you got here, with a fabulous performance from Keeley Hawes, was a picture of a naive, aspiringly middle class girl who wanted to be a star, but whose big breaks (Olivier allegedly wanted her to appear with him in The Beggar's Opera) were scuppered by her possessive, seedy wide-boy first husband, Dennis Hamilton (Rupert Graves).