The Buccaneers (1995) short review

Up there with Anna Karenina and Age of Innocence as one of the top three (costume wise) bustle films, but wins out because A) the story is better and B) it’s a miniseries so it’s longer. This is my favorite Edith Wharton novel, and tells the tale of four Americans who, being “new money,” try their hand at entering British society. The script stays very close to the original novel, while adding in some plot details that Wharton quite possibly may have had added had she been able to write about them during the period. Carla Gugino is fabulous as Nan, Mira Sorvino is in one of her best roles as Conchita, and Alison Elliott is wonderful as Nan’s sister Virginia — plus Greg Wise plays one of Nan’s love interests. The costumes are FABULOUS. You Must See This.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.