The video is based on the premise that the actor David Suchet, famous for his portrayal of the beloved Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, is venturing forth to learn more about Agatha Christie, the creator of the famous character. He encounters people along the way who have either a personal connection to Christie (such as her grandson Matthew Pritchard) or are authorities or researchers about certain aspects of her life. As viewers, we are treated to a biographical picture of her life, from her happy childhood in Devon and the beginnings of her writing career, to her unhappy marriage to Archibald Christie and mysterious 10-day disappearance involving a massive manhunt (a disappearance to which no theory is satisfactorily offered by any researcher on the video), to her escape from notoriety to Istanbul where she married archaeologist Max Mallowan and used some of her Eastern experiences to construct some of her best fictional works, to her return to England just prior to World War II and the final stage of her most prolific literary career. The video concludes with Suchet meeting the artistic designer of the covers of some of Christie's most famous paperbacks and ending with the discovery of her journals in which she constantly recorded plots and ideas for her literary works. This is truly a remarkable short biography of a truly gifted and remarkable lady. Its major flaw is that while it tells the viewer so much about her life, it leaves us hungering for more details and elaboration. Then again what else can one expect from a lady whose specialty is the genre of mystery? In the end, no matter how much is revealed, Christie will remain an unsolved enigma to us all.
(Posted on 12/28/2014)