The Sunday Supers

There are no intertitles in Clément films, so I have to finish Réne Clément Week with a bodge-up. Two superimposed titles from late Cléments, each a quote from Lewis Carroll ~

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“Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next.”

From THE RIDER ON THE RAIN (1970).

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“We are but older children, dear/Who fret to find our bedtime near.”

From LA COURSE DU LIÈVRE A TRAVERS LE CHAMPS (1972).

Both quotes are eccentrically apposite to their respective films, and also establish the quirky tone. I resolve now to begin a film with a Lewis Carroll quote. I think my favourite lines from Through the Looking Glass are too long and clunky for the purpose, though the beauty of them is that they never ever make it into filmed adaptations so they’re relatively unfamiliar ~

‘Crawling at your feet,’ said the Gnat (Alice drew her feet back in some alarm), ‘you may observe a Bread-and-Butterfly. Its wings are thin slices of Bread-and-butter, its body is a crust, and its head is a lump of sugar.’

‘And what does IT live on?’

‘Weak tea with cream in it.’

A new difficulty came into Alice’s head. ‘Supposing it couldn’t find any?’ she suggested.

‘Then it would die, of course.’

‘But that must happen very often,’ Alice remarked thoughtfully.

‘It always happens,’ said the Gnat.

And here is an unrelated limerick.

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2 Responses to “The Sunday Supers”

  1. I may have posted this already, but there was am adaptation of Through the Looking Glass filmed for television about a decade ago. The unfamiliarity of a lot of the jokes was helped by the unusually (for Alice adaptations anyway) straight faces with which they were delivered. Steve Coogan was excellent as the gnat, but I’m posting Ian Holm’s White Knight. Completely naturalistic. Crepuscular. I think it’s beautiful.

  2. Yes, I remember you sent that before, and I really want to see the whole thing. Through the Looking Glass has really been done very few times.

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