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Keep The Aspidistra Flying [DVD] [1997]

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  • Actors: Richard E. Grant, Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Wadham, Jim Carter, Harriet Walter
  • Directors: Robert Bierman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Uca
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0002ISFVQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,229 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Successful copywriter Gordon Cromstock (Richard E. Grant) shuns an offer of promotion and gives up his job to become a poet. His girlfriend, graphic artist Rosemary (Helena Bonham-Carter), cannot understand Cromstock's determination to embrace poverty, nor his obsession with the aspidistra as a symbol of respectability. Based on the George Orwell novel.

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In George Orwell's semi-autobiographical novel, to "keep the aspidistra flying" meant something on a social as well as a personal scale. This film adaptation pares material down into a more concise chapter in the struggle for artistry as experienced by Gordon Comstock (Richard E Grant). At New Albion Publicity he's the best copywriter they've ever had, and long-suffering girlfriend Rosemary (Helena Bonham Carter) knows it. Unfortunately, Gordon quits to concentrate on writing poetry. Post-WWI London is reluctant to accommodate him however, and not even the aspidistra plant at his lodgings will give him an answer despite screaming obscenities at it. Veering between successes and failures, this is the story of coming to terms with a society that no longer has a place for free-ranging artists. Grant is the perfect victim of these circumstances, and even when you're berating his selfishness, you can't help but sympathise. The production design of the film is superb with wonderful use made of the few remaining suitable period locations in London. Populating the scenery are some wonderful cameos, such as Bill Wallis as the contentedly illiterate bookstore owner Mr Cheeseman, and Liz Smith as slightly lecherous landlady Mrs Meakin. --Paul Tonks --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.


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