I've finished it. The music at the end was perfect. I don't know the author's intention, but what I took away from it was an indictment of any kind of concealment or covering-up, not just of the Soviet system though that was a classic extreme example.
Just watched a fascinating Storyville about a mad sociologist who decided to conduct this crazy experiment where he took 10 strangers and put them on a crappy, tiny raft where they floated around in the middle of the ocean for a few months, while he tried to provoke them into conflict and violence. He thought he could discover the secret of what made people violent in order to find a cure to find world peace! I won't spoil it by saying too much more, but watch it if you can...it's on iplayer at the moment. Fascinating.
Post by HEN HAWKADAY II on Jun 12, 2019 10:06:14 GMT
I missed the third one so gave up on it. But loved those first two episodes.
I watched a BBC Four thing on Russia's toughest prisons last night. It was very good. One man in solitary literally walks up and down his small cell for the whole day (he's in the cell for 23 hours, can't lay down until it's dark). I learned that Russia dropped the death penalty in 1996, but according to one inmate, upon finding out this information some of his death row acquaintances killed themselves within days. They'd rather end it altogether than face this prison.
I'm looking forward to seeing this later
and I started watching this last night
I think it'll get better when it gets out of the Cassius Clay years.
Nearly done with this now
it's side-splitting, as funny as any comedy. Hurt is absolutely wonderful. I just regret they hadn't made another series (there are only six 30-minute episodes)
I haven't, no. I've just looked it up and it sounds interesting. Would you recommend it?
Absolutely. It's a real insight into a fascinating scene. It's sad though. Those people lived tough, tough lives. One of the girls in it was eventually brutally murdered but nobody ever caught the perpetrator (presumably a client as she was a prostitute)
But it's funny though and entertaining. Some real characters! Their courage and humanity really stands out and it's quite moving.
It's also interesting the working class angle it brings to the scene. People who are real outcasts but in the ballroom they can be Queens for a night and escape the troubles of the outside world. That's what really resonated with me and it hadn't occurred to me before.
Just watched the first episode of Clooney's adaptation of Catch-22.
It had the mark of quality - beautifully filmed, strong cast etc. but didn't really work for me. The approach they took was to tone down the book into a more naturalistic drama, but then you lose the book's glorious absurdity. I think it would be better served amped up rather than toned down, run with the book's craziness and revel in its extremes. Certainly much of the humour was lost. Still I'll continue with it..
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