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5.0 out of 5 stars Redmaine does have charisma!, 27 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Birdsong [DVD] (DVD)
I totally disagree with this other reviewer who was quite harsh on 'Birdsong'. I haven't read the book, I'm not a great fan of Faulks and I usually hate stuff that deals with wars. So I thought I would in all likelihood dislike it and yet, the film worked its magic. I ended up loving that first part. I enjoyed everything or very nearly, the slow but intense way the seduction between those two protagonists develops, the lazy shots of those sultry summer days contrasting sharply with life in the trenches. I don't think I had ever seen Redmaine before and thought he looked so young, so boyish that he would fail to deliver but he didn't. The attraction between the two is more than believable, the looks subtly exchanged and the beautiful photography reminded me of some excellent scenes in the Go Between for example. The hour and a half just flew by and I ended up enchanted. Of course I don't know if the second part will be as good but I can but hope. My only criticism is that some of the dialogue between the soldiers is really difficult to understand, mumble, mumble, mumble. I wish they enunciated properly!It is perfectly possible to have a strong regional accent but be audible at the same time.
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Initial post: 17 Dec 2012 06:49:03 GMT
In my case I read the book years ago because a distant relative was a tunneller (coalminer) who was one of those portrayed in the recent Australian film 'Beneath Hill 60". I had read a review of Birdsong, I think in the monthly journal of our National War Museum, that claimed it gave a very moving and factual recounting of the life of the tunnellers beneath the trenches. The book does this very well and I would have liked to have seen more of it in the film, particularly the tremendous stress and tension they were under as they neared the end of the tunnel knowing that the enemy was also nearing the end of his. Who would blow their charges first ??? Them or us. No wonder the survivors came home and suffered for years from their experiences.
But of course both the film and the book are about a Love Story set against the background of a time gone by and the War to End All Wars.
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