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Wood Work

Posted in FILM with tags , , on May 22, 2020 by dcairns

“You have been wounded by a cut across your eye, which has blinded you.”

“Am I in pain?”

“You are in pain, I believe.”

I’m always amazed by this exchange in CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE, which I believe was written on location by screenwriter Charles Wood. It captures something about the state of being in shock. Wood deliberately doubled down on the stiffness modern period movies usually try to avoid: his reading of Victorian texts convinced him that the stiffness belonged there.

Anyway, I’ve written more about the late, great Mr. Wood in this quarter’s Cineaste.