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Assailed by nostalgia,
This review is from: The Titfield Thunderbolt [DVD] (DVD)
This wonderful little film was made by Ealing during a golden age for British films. It typifies the defiance of authority by local inhabitants which was topical during the 40's and 50's. An Ealing mantra was 'small is beautiful and big is bad'.
The story concerns the threatened closure of an antiquated railway line. The local villagers decide to run it themselves and in so doing enter into frenetic competition with the local bus company. Battle lines are drawn and the ensuing skirmishes are a pleasure to behold. The laughs come thick and fast.
The film has a strong cast including such well known faces as John Gregson,Hugh Griffith and Sid James. Stanley Holloway puts in a delightful turn as a wealthy local who is rather too fond of alcoholic refreshment. The other stars are of course those wonderful old steam trains from a bygone era, especially the 'Thunderbolt', which appears to have been based on Stevensons rocket.
The film captures the very essence of this sceptred Isle. The landscape is as beautiful and unmistakably English as it was possible to be. Lush meadows, pretty villages, clear brooks, thick hedgerows, thatched cottages and cricket matches. It conjures up a lost England. Nostalgia assails you in every frame. Station whistles and flags. Dairy cattle lowing and the sound of birdsong throughout. Never has a film been such a rich shade of green. This was Ealings first comedy to be produced in technicolor and what a success it is.
"The Titfield Thunderbolt" was filmed in the valleys of the Cam and Midford brooks on the Eastern end of the Camerton & Limpley Stoke Railway near Bath. I live not far away from there, and can say that this was and still is the ideal location to capture the quintessence of the beautiful English countryside.
I recommend this film to you unreservedly. Sit back, relax, and be transported to a less complicated time. A time when people had less than we do today but seemed so much happier. If you are like me you might have a nagging feeling you were born in the wrong era.
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2011 18:26:32 BDT
K. Harvey says:
A lovely review, Captain Spindrift, thank you! I have put this on my Wish List and - Yes - I am one of those people who was probably born in the wrong era but at least we have penicillin now or I probably wouldn't be here at all!
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2011 17:37:50 BDT
Bob Salter says:
Thanks for your comments. It is always nice to get positive feedback for one of my reviews. Hope you continue to be around for many years to come.
Posted on 10 Nov 2011 13:41:20 GMT
Bob, another fantastic review sir, your absolutely right, this film does indeed capture the very essence of this green and pleasant land, or how this green and pleasant land used to be!
I first watched this film in my very early teens and I recall how utterly entranced I was by it, the sheer beauty of the English countryside was indeed a joy to behold. Sadly it is of a bygone time, when it felt good to say your were British, not now when its frowned upon and received with disdain.
I agree with you and K. harvey I feel I was possibly born in the wrong era but as I'm allergic to penicillin I can't comment on that! However I too wish K. Harvey is around for many mor eyears to come.
Thank you for sharing your review with us all once again Bob. Best wishes.
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