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The Lost Language of Cranes [DVD]

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  • Actors: Brian Cox, Rene Auberjonois, John Schlesinger
  • Directors: Nigel Finch
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NTPGN4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,685 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Bittersweet drama based on the novel by David Leavitt. When Philip (Angus MacFadyen) falls in love with the wealthy and manipulative American Elliot (Corey Parker) and decides to come out of the closet, his friends are supportive and positive. But when he comes out to his parents, he stirs up a maelstrom of hidden feelings and secrets that threaten to destroy their marriage.

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A great one-off BBC drama with a terrific cast Brian Cox, Eileen Aitkins, Angus McFayden, Cathy Tyson and the late John Schlesinger. The story focuses on a father Owen(Cox) & son Phillip(Macfadyen) and how each of them deals with coming to terms with their sexuality. Phillip in a relationship & open to his friends must now confront being truthful to his parents, which triggers long suppressed emotions in Owen. A terrific story with sympathetic portrayals from all involved. Quite simply Superb!
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This astonishing adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel, together with the version of Barbara Vine's No Night is Too Long, are two of the finest films with a gay theme which were ever produced on British television but also remain unreleased in the UK on DVD. Extraordinarily explicit for it's time, this examination of what "coming out" meant in that bygone age is both painful and inspiring. The quality of performance from Atkins and Cox, as the parents with secrets of their own, is matched by Macfadyen in the lead role. The sophisticated script and sensitive direction captures perfectly the gay experience - warts and all - and the dinner party sequence is a testament to what truly talented actors can achieve in terms of finely nuanced performances. Produced by the late Mark Shivas, "The Lost Language of Cranes" is a truly landmark moment in television history and it is a matter for concern that this BBC production can only be found on this excellent quality Dutch DVD which fortunately has an option to remove the subtitles. But perhaps even more worrying is the question why there are absolutely no dramas of this quality, dealing with complex emotional issues, being produced on television at all any more? It is only when you revisit fine drama such as this, do you see what a mess contemporary broadcasting is in!
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I was totally unfamiliar with this film in advance. The more the film became effective: The title indicates a language that cranes (in building place) may speak, a language an autistic child learns as his "mother" tongue. The analogue was clear to the theme of the movie: to talk on anything that is important to your experience, particularly to your singular experience in life, is to talk a lost language. Your nearest people won't understand you. You'd better stick to object language that only names things one can see.
The story is a coming out narrative, this time most effectively of a coming out "too late". An elder man, married, with children, a status in society, becomes to think his life anew, not because of desires, not because he sees himself near the end, on the contrary, quite suddenly because he becomes to think it, for the first time. Sexuality is so well learned, taught so thoroughly that only cracks in decent lives, empty spaces that shouldn't be there may let in a thought that was included in life's curriculum.
The film is very touching, very credible - and shows what outcomes of a life if it cracks a bit too late.
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The Dutch"import" release (which I have reviewed) has the equivalent of a "U" certificate. It will be interesting to see if the Brotish censors emulate them.
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Interesting! Release date is the 06.04.08. I am being told it wont be delivered till 15-20 April 08.

Is this another wind up by Amazon to drum up sales.

Examples:

The Tripods Series 2
Survivors complete series 1-3

Both box sets never existed.

On contact BBC they confirmed the same!

I believe it when actually see this released!
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Delivered quickly and well packaged. A great film - so entertaining.
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A Classic film, originally seen on Channel 4 in the early 1990's
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