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5.0 out of 5 stars For lovers of Colin Firth..., 21 July 2012
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...and who doesnt, here he is with the down still on his cheeks. This is something more than a costume drama. It sticks unswervingly to Priestly's text and captures its sinister sense of theatre, of things hidden behind masks. It reminds me of The Blue Angel, tragedy and humiliation under the clown's greasepaint. The narrative voice, spoken by Colin Firth is more profound than the soap opera adaptations we are accustomed to. Also I was amazed at the number of extras involved, not only the theatre audiences but the seaside crowds at Blackpool, the stations, the soldiers; and what was that ferret doing in the trench?

I thought this may have dated but oddly enough it seems to date the recent costume productions. They are too clean. Everyone seems to have been to the same tailor. This really feels like loking at Britain before the Great War. There are scruffy actors and seedy tarts and too dapper young men. There are people with big teeth and fat legs. The restaurants dont look like stage sets. It looks like paintings by Degas.

I wonder if Botox and dentistry and personal trainers have now made it impossible to present an authentic period flavour on television. Our actors are too beautiful.

Colin Firth, very serious, can't help being a heart throb. Laurence Olivier is painfully convincing. All the acting seems to me on a more professional level than anything I have seen recently as if, before our cult of celebrity, they are acting the parts and not themselves playing the parts.

Amazingly good stuff, unpredictable, gritty powerful. Please watch this.
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2013, 22:16:31 BST
Mrs Kitty says:
I wondered about the ferret too. Perhaps it was an acting ferret playing a rat.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2013, 15:20:36 BST
fabrice says:
Perhaps he felt he was getting type cast in Nature documentaries and wanted a more macho role.

-Okay, we'll go from rat crosses trench!
-What's my motivation here?
-Well, there are shells falling all around...what does a rat do?
-He runs away
-Yeees
-Maybe he is confused, sort of shell shocked, and he looks sympathetically at the hero because the heroine is leaving...
-How does he know that?
-Animals sense these things...and then he stumbles on OVER the bodies of the fallen.
-Great!
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