Wednesday, 1 April 2009

The Happy Breed and Viscious Circle

A book which I would like to read is the Life in Letters of Graham Green by Richard Green (Little and Brown) and reviewed by Ian Thompson. I have Brighton Rock, DVD of film, The End of the Affair seen the film, The Quiet American, seen the film, The Confidential Agent, A burnt Out case, Stamboul Train, Our Man in Havana seen the film,, the Comedians, seen the film, A gun for sale, The Ministry of Fear seen film and the Heart of the Matter. He also wrote The Third man, have the DVD and Fallen Idol seen the film. The review mentions that Green and his family were unhappy with the work of his official biographer because in the 2000 pages of his three volume detailed how the life mirrored the writing rather than concentrate on a literary chronicle and appreciation. This makes me what to read the biographies and avoid the literary criticism.

this afternoon a subtitled version of The Happy Breed so my mother could also view from time to time. This 1939 play by Noel Coward traces the fortunes of an ordinary and respectable South London English family from just after World War 1 to just before World War 2 and was designed to remind everyone the important values which had enable the nation to survive both the World War and the challenges of day to day life afterwards. David Lean produced the 1944 film as his first venture with Robert Newton in a serious lead role, although I always see him as Long John Silver in Treasure Island. Celia Johnson who epitomised the normal wife who puts everything into rearing her children her way, only to face the reality of their individualism and mortality., Stanley Holloway, Get to the church Time My Fair Lady plays the good army friend neighbour whose son, John Mills, plays one his many upright salt of the earth young men who fought in World war 2. Sir Lawrence Olivier did his bit with the narration as well as the producer. I guess most young cinema goers will find this film as hard going as the plays of William Shakespeare and prefer Vinnie Jones in The Riddle

The Vicious Circle made 50 years ago is a John Mills Tour de Force based on a Francis Durbridge book which kept my attention at the hospital this afternoon. Two films by John Mills in two days. The plot when briefly stated does not suggest a taught credible suspense drama in which Mills a high class Harley Street type doctor who is effectively framed by, well I will leave this bit out, except to remind of what one experienced Member of Parliament said to a new recruit who commented on the enemy on the opposite benches. No came the stern rebuke, they are your political opponents, and your enemies sit all around you. Only last five minutes destroyed the good work achieved before and the final moments were silly. Stalwarts Lionel Jeffries, Mervyn John and Roland Culver put in their usual good performances and once more reminded of my childhood going to cinema three to four time a week.

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