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An English classic,
This review is from: A Private Function (1984) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Absolutely classic portrayal of English manners in a small town in the post-war period, but most of the humour is timeless and side-splittingly funny; some of it is pure slapstick, but there is a lot of sly wit behind the wonderfully-written script (by Alan Bennett, the master of social observation).
Circumstances may change, but people don't and you will recognise all the character types.
Maggie Smith is in fine form as the wife of a chiropodist, prepared to do anything to climb the ladder of social success - although Keeping a pig with diarrhoea in the kitchen of a small house tests her resolve to the limit! Richard Griffiths and Michael Palin excel in their different ways as mild-mannered men oppressed by their womenfolk. Denholm Elliot delivers a classic performance as the extrovert, charming leader of the social elite.
Absolutely delightful and, like the previous reviewer, I can only beg for this to be released on DVD to delight a new audience (and so I can replace my VHS tape before it's completely worn out!).