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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 213.219.8.243
Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 10:21 am:   

Did anyone else watch the brilliant Alan Bennett play last night on BBC4? Superb stuff; like a strange mix of MR James, Oscare Wilde and John Le Carre.

They're also currently repeating Bennett's sublime TALKING HEADS series.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.106.220.19
Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 01:08 pm:   

Talking Heads was a wonderful set of plays - some of which were quite moving, I thought. I saw a evening of his work a long time back; called "Single Spies", it was actually two plays - "An Englishman Abroad", about Coral Browne meeting up with Guy Burgess in Moscow, and "A Question of Attribution", about Blunt's last days before 'discovery'. Absolutely stunning theatre, and I'm sorry to say that apart from Habeas Corpus I've not seen any other Bennett plays on stage at all.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.106.220.19
Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 01:10 pm:   

I love the part in "A Question of Attribution" where Blunt and the Queen have been discussing fakes, and afterwards another character asks Blunt what they'd been talking about, and Blunt says "I was talking about art. I'm not at all sure she was".
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 193.109.254.19
Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 01:25 pm:   

...tell a lie, I saw "The Madness of George III" at the National as well (darlings).
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.56
Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 02:12 pm:   

The film of the Madness of George III had to be retitled for the US market to The Madness of King George - because Americans wouldn't go to see it because they hadn't seen parts I and II...

Ha Ha
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Alexicon (Alexicon)
Username: Alexicon

Registered: 10-2009
Posted From: 88.106.98.142
Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 02:13 pm:   

Bennett is iconic. The way he applies his luminous talent to the minutiae of life is exquisite.

Every time I dip into his autobio,I weep with laughter. The man is a genius.
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 06-2008
Posted From: 81.155.107.64
Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 08:00 pm:   

'Attribution', I've just been reminded it is a classic of TV. It excels even Poliakoff. Interesting treatement of immunity, anonymity and fakery...
Prunella Scales brilliant as the Queen.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 75.4.252.108
Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 08:37 pm:   

The film of the Madness of George III had to be retitled for the US market to The Madness of King George - because Americans wouldn't go to see it because they hadn't seen parts I and II...

I saw that joke - different brand, same thing though - in the remainder bin yesterday at the 99 store, and then there were a bunch of overstocks at the local Salvation Army. People would pick one up, look it over curiously, and put it right back. But it's nice to know someone is out there still picking up old junk.
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.56
Posted on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 - 11:31 am:   

That ain't no joke. That's true!
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.56
Posted on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 - 11:41 am:   

They also had to retitle James Bond - Licence Revoked to Licence to Kill because the US market didn't know what revoke meant.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.106.220.83
Posted on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 - 11:59 am:   

That ain't no joke. That's true!

It is indeed true, although whether it's the American people at large who wouldn't have understood the title, or the fear of the distributors that they wouldn't, is unclear. I suspect the latter somehow.

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