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4.0 out of 5 stars Waugh and his mileau brought to life, 17 Mar. 2006
This review is from: A Handful Of Dust [DVD] (DVD)
I first read the book at school during the early 1960s, when the author was still a contemporary figure, although his health was in decline, (partly due to excessive drinking.) Our teacher told us that it was an example of an outstanding writer of his time (the 1930s) who was now incapable of matching his early output.
The film (as on DVD) came as a revelation: We had been "Forced" to study the book for GCE and now here I was 'seeing' another person's realisation and recreation of the novel. I particularly enjoyed the twist at the end of film (with Alec Guinness, as the eccentric Mr Todd,)where the 'hero' (!) realises to his horror that he is probably trapped for many years - if not the rest of his life - in the remote Rain Forests of the Amazon! The memorial service and dedication of a monument in the grounds of Hetton Hall is also a marvellously ironic touch, evoked far more vividly (for me at least) on the screen than in the text.
The actual film (i.e. 'print') quality is also excellent and being made long before the spate of Miss Marple Poirrot 1930s 'costume' adaptions, there is never the feeling that some of the sets have been used for other productions.
By the way, that nightmarish feeling of a mix-up seems also to be reflected in a later Waugh novel, 'The Loved One' where Mr Joyboy and Dennis Barlow dispose of their girlfriend's body in the Pet Crematorium. Barlow points out to Joyboy that the rest of the world will probably assume the deceased has eloped with him (i.e. Barlow,) and will not think to search for her.
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2009, 16:23:44 BST
Junius says:
Joan Hickson starred in 8 Miss Marple TV tales in 1984-6 9set in the 1950s) which predate this film; the Poirot ones began in 1989, so hardly long after it.
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