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Be seeing you, Number Six!,
This review is from: The Prisoner [DVD] (DVD)This is quite simply the most amazing example of television ever produced. The Prisoner was a conscious attempt to stretch colour television to its limits, and the result really is a work of art.
There are seventeen one-hour episodes which make up a great story, with heavy doses of psychological intrigue, philosophy, politics, psychedelia and 1960's Zeitgeist in general, and replete with that unique British eccentricity which is as charmingly understated as a cup of warm tea. It draws on a range of influences as varied and diverse as Kafka, Macchiavelli, Baudelaire, Orwell, the Beatles, James Bond, and Alice in Wonderland.
Every single aspect of The Prisoner is excellent: Patrick McGoohan is perfectly cast as Number Six, the whole thing is visually impressive, the seventeen plots are fascinating, Ron Grainer's riveting theme music conveys speed, power and intrigue, and even the graphic design of The Village's brand logo - the Penny Farthing with a parasol on top - adds to the feeling of something deeply sinister masquerading as an apparently delightful oddity.
In the 43 years since it was produced, nobody has come up with anything half so creative, enjoyable or thought-inspiring for television. Unfortunately, it's so good that it makes absolutely everything on TV today look like simple-minded kindergarten bilge. Nothing else has come close since.
Be seeing you, Number Six! Many times over.
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Initial post: 2 Jul 2010 11:27:19 BDT
I think he likes it ;-)
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2010 21:25:36 GMT
Jimmy Junkster says:
@Nozama - you could be on to something, there.
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