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Smallcreep's Day (Picador Books)
Smallcreep's Day (Picador Books)
by Peter Currell Brown
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, surreal, Alice-in-Factoryland, 12 July 2012
I have the old Panther paperback from 40-odd years ago, and I read it every two or three years. I always relish the factory atmosphere and culture, while usually skipping the scatology. This is a good example of the rebirth of surrealism in Britain in the 1960s, short-lived though it was. Well worth a read. Smallcreep's factory takes me back 42 years, when I watched a chap on an Ohio broaching machine, cutting gears for Bristol buses; he'd hung a row of different-sized gears on wires above his machine, and, for a cigarette, would take a peen hammer and play
"A Double Diamond Works Wonders, So Drink One Today." Only in England, eh?

Agatha Christie - A Murder is Announced Parts 1 & 2
Agatha Christie - A Murder is Announced Parts 1 & 2

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant acting, direction, and production, 31 July 2011
I just watched this straight through again -- my fifth viewing at least. So rare to see a story that has intelligent drama, understated comedy -- tragi-comedy really -- fabulous ensemble acting from the cast. A big complex back-story that only adds pleasure the more times you watch this.
Where do they assemble a cast like this? Every actor was a delight. Joan Hickson is unparalleled --- a sweet little old lady who has no illusions and commands every scene she's in. Wonderful. Why are there not more reviews on this movie?

Akenfield [1974]
Akenfield [1974]
Dvd ~ Peter Hall

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful but not easy, 24 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Akenfield [1974] (DVD)
Inexplicably, until now in 2011 I had not seen this film, and I am pleased and surprised to learn that so many millions watched it when it was first released all those years ago. I already knew the book, of course. This was in a way my father's life; he saw the ending of the worst years, 1933 onwards, working on Suffolk farms, and his own stories matched this film exactly. He,like "Tom", might have gone on to a good school, but there was no money for that, and he started at age 14 on a Suffolk farm, living-in, "all found" and no wages at all for the first year. Luckily he was offered part time training at Chadacre Agricultural Institute, and became a skilled farm worker, herdsman, shepherd, and eventually a farm manager. "Boy" was his normal term of address or description for anyone. "Old boy from Swaffham" could mean a 15-year old or a pensioner. "There was no fat on them old boys" was how he described the men he worked with 75 years ago.

The film stuck to what it was like. There was no acting then, or in this film, just people saying things through the day, and always trying to settle or resolve all troubles with proverbs and sayings and mottoes. A closed world, really. The leaving was so difficult and so simple, so treacherous --- how dare you? Not like other films, but the story deserved to be told, and told just like this is.
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Look at Life: Volume One - Transport [DVD]
Look at Life: Volume One - Transport [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tim Turner
Price: £25.25

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help: does this compilation include SMASHING THROUGH"?, 1 Jan. 2011
Sorry, not a review but a hopeful question. The Look at Life clip I have been searching for was titled SMASHING THROUGH, about stock car racing, and showing Staines Stadium. Can one of the reviewers tell me whether this title is included in the 4-dvd Transport set? Thanks.
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