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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:58 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

TheRejectAmidHair wrote:
. The kind of films they do expect from Britain, he said, were stately “heritage” films – preferrably costume drama. (I think he referred at this point to the huge international success at the time of Chariots of Fire.) I wonder to what extent things have changed in this respect.



There was a time (in the 1980s ?) when the only thing we could export were Merchant -Ivory films, and I think after a bit even Merchant & Ivory felt constrained in having  to produce the same kind of thing. Refined Empire stories with fab costumes, stunning locations, and repressed emotions.

Then the fashion turned to bonnets and giggles (and that's just Tom Wilkinson  Wink ). Slightly less repressed emotions.

I think you may be right that we are busy exporting a kind of National Trust heritage Britain in film. But the French do something similar with their historical films - chateaux/horses/forests/big silk frocks/bloodletting. Gorgeous, swaggering, tragic - I've no idea how historically authentic they are.


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KlaraZ



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dear---Zola with Zola taken out!  Very chocolate box imagery and the loss of Paris really does affect it badly---a Northern town cannot in any way compete with Paris. As for the line Moray said about the other draper 'losing' if he chose to challenge the Paradise---would such a comment be necessary, given the fact that the Paradise was already dominating the street?  
I think I may continue watching, in the way I might choose to watch any light-hearted period soap (although actually, I rarely do! Couldn't get along with 'Lark Rise'), but another 7 episodes might be too much. But I am prepared to give this a chance as an entertainment----but Zola it isn't!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Green Jay wrote:
Iin Dorothy Whipple's High Wages, the young woman who sets up a fashion shop in a well-off Northern provincial town has her every move scrutinised to the hilt. She is dazzled when she comes to London and sees how differently everything is done there. Again that's early in the 20th century, long after the period in which the Paradise is set. I don't know Zola's book, but department stores were purely city phenomena when they first began.


Oh, if only the BBC had had the sense to dramatise 'High Wages' instead!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely, Klara!  There are a host of Persephone and Virago titles that would make excellent TV series.

There is going to be a TV film of The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett - I think they have retitled it The Making of a Lady.

I didn't watch The Paradise in the end - might have done on another day, but decided I could live without it.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
Absolutely, Klara!  There are a host of Persephone and Virago titles that would make excellent TV series.

There is going to be a TV film of The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett - I think they have retitled it The Making of a Lady.

I didn't watch The Paradise in the end - might have done on another day, but decided I could live without it.


Oh, they could make a wonderful series of High Wages, I'd never thought of that. Much more appropriate given the available skill-set.


When I was a child I always heard the word Marchioness  - hmm, how often did it crop up??- as Martianess. "...and his wife, the Martianess".  Now that would be some story! Perhaps I read too much John Wyndham. I never questioned my assumption, or asked anyone about it. What a wonderful world children live in!



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