Friday 3 December 2010

Requiem for a Village 2

One sequence which has been puzzling me in 'Requiem for a Village' is where a frog is caught, hung from a tree and then its bones separated and cast onto a stream.

The film is soon to be released on DVD

Where Adam Stood

Dennis Potter's adaptation of Edmund Gosse's 'Father & Son' was screened in 1976. It is the story of Edmund and his father, the naturalist and minister Philip Gosse. The Gosse household, which is held together by religious piety and strict bible study, is suffering the recent loss of Edmund's mother.
Gosse believes the story of Genesis to be literary true, but his own research into marine life challenges this belief, as does the forthcoming publication of Darwin's 'Origins of the Species by Means of Natural Selection'.
Gosse's conclusion is to place himself 'where Adam stood' - he would see fully grown flora and fauna on the day of his creation, meaning God had created the world fully formed and thereby fitting in with the recent discoveries of fossils showing the natural world was far older than the Bible would suppose.
It is clear to see that even he acknowledges the weaknesses in his own argument, meanwhile the young Edmund too is learning how to play against his father's religious beliefs when he tells how God has allowed him to have a boat he covets in the toy shop window - something his father had forbidden him to even think about.
The play contains two instances of the kind of scenes we are more used to seeing with Potter - a mad woman who attempts to sexually assault Edmund, and depictions of the boy's nightmares, in which he is approached by a Christ figure who tries to lure him into the sea.
The feel of the play, and the scenes on the beach are reminiscent of certain Pre-Raphaelite paintings - this one in particular: WILLIAM DYCE, 'Pegwell Bay, Kent, a Recollection of October 5th 1858'

Thursday 2 December 2010

Exclusive to Woolworth

There were about 200 of these apparently, with titles including, 'Build Your Own Computer', 'Making Your Own Fancy Costumes' and 'Make a Home Museum'. Sadly, the contents never live up to the initial promise - when they say 'Computer' they mean it the same way as you might call an abacus a calculator, so even in today's money, the 3p cover price seems a bit steep.

Wednesday 1 December 2010

Dennis Potter's Alice

Potter's 1964 play was focused on Charles Dodgson's (Carroll) relationship with Alice Liddell and the creation of his most famous work.