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'Cold Comfort Farm'

June 01, 1997|Kevin Thomas

This 1996 release is a celebrated parody of Gothic romance and solemn rural fiction. It's self-confident heroine Flora Poste (Kate Beckinsale, pictured) fancies herself a potential novelist, stating blithely that by the time she's 50, "I would like to write a novel as good as 'Persuasion.' " To that end, the impoverished Flora, a London socialite and the recent recipient of a meager inheritance, decides to live with one of her many rural relatives, the Starkadders of Sussex, under the ferocious domination of Flora's Great-Aunt Ada (Sheila Burrell) (Cinemax Wednesday at 11 p.m.).

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