“It was about something.”

This fortnight’s Forgotten (returning to its usual Thursday slot) comes direct from the Bo’ness Hippodrome and is a spicy bit of northern realism enlivened by a sharp sense of dramatic construction, progressive attitudes and some striking cinematic moments. 

I COULD be talking about Dreyer’s THE PARSON’S WIDOW, I suppose, but I’m not ~


(Thanks to Nicky Smith, Pamela Hutchinson, Mark Fuller, Stephen C. Horne, Sarah-Jane Crawford and Bryony Dixon for sharing their thoughts on this one and bigging it up), to Ali Strauss and Hippfest for showing it, and to the other Stephen Horne for the fantastic music,)

4 Responses to ““It was about something.””

  1. bensondonald Says:

    I actually stayed in Llandudno for a few nights in the early 80s. Seemed an unlikely place for a dirty weekend, despite a few attempts at adult amusements (a tiny disco filled with teens and their parents).

    London at that moment seemed to be overrun with American and Japanese tourists; Llandudno seemed to be where the British population of London were hiding out. I stayed in a place that felt like a friendlier and better-run Fawlty Towers; it claimed some connection to Lewis Carroll and/or the original Alice.

    Recall waiting in a shop for something; a door was open and I heard two old locals talking in the back. The conversation went something like this:
    “Did you hear? Somebody broke the window on Fred’s car.”
    “Last night, on Great Orme.”
    “Pretty soon we’ll have to carry guns like the Americans.”

    Nice place and nice folks, although an elderly Englishwoman buttonholed me and warned that you had to watch the Welsh “like a cat watches a prize mouse”.

  2. Ha!

    I’ve never been, my Welsh experience limited to dubbing a couple of short films in Cardiff.

  3. I played this movie years ago at the Pompidou Centre, and the Parisian audience treated it as a Comedy of Manners in the Moliere tradition – the climactic ’round table’ scene was getting gales of laughter even on reaction shots – totally unexpected amd thrilling.

  4. It IS very funny, even though there’s a tragedy built into it which has to be treated solemnly. And the structure has a farce-like precision, which I think is why Stan Laurel may have appreciated it.

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