Don't Move.....Be Quiet.

on Wednesday, September 05, 2007

As far as movies go, I think the British are superior at making the historical drama. They seem to be able to create a sense of realism that is true to the period and yet reaches out and enthrals the modern day audience. The recent success of movies based on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, staring Helen Mirren are such an example. To further illustrate the point, here is a short clip from a film done by a well known British actor (Lenny Henry) and set amidst the carnage of the English Civil War.


Open Grove Claudia said...

wow - well, that's an interesting bit to see on your blog. I have to tell you squirrelly - I loaded up the truck with honey to take to the extractor and went back in the house. There was one of your brethren sitting on top of the honey supers. Mocking me. I said hello to you and he scampered off. :)

the walking man said...

Sorry LGS with Neil, the audio and Kate Bush playing didn't understand a bit of it. O the dolt of humanity that I am.



gledwood said...

Americans tend to play British parts with American body language which just doesn't fit... British body language is the same as any from Northern Europe.. it is less expansive... but when Kevin Costner played in Robin Hood Prince of Theives he gave himself away from frame 1...

apart from his vividly Californian accent of course!

also i hate it when they attempt historical revisionism e.g. tom cruise in that film about irish peasants getting up and preaching about the iniquities of the inequalities fostered by the feudal system... "i mean yeah and so what?" would have been the response of the day he would have had to argue a little more cleverly than he did in that film whatever it was called to have seeded the uprising his character supposedly did!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

What can I say? Base human emissions attract squirrel attention. As for my brethren visiting, after reading your post on the honey harvest, word just spread like wildfire!

I have disabled Neil but can't help you with Kate Bush....don't know where she might be coming from but not my blog, I suspect. Hope you will give the clip another try. Peace.

One of the worse period pieces I saw had a medieval jousting tournament but the director had the peasants arranged into cheering sections with cheerleaders like you would find in an American Football game and he still expected us to believe that effort was made to ensure authenticity. Or as the Robin Hood from Mel Brooke's "Robin Hood : Men in Tights" said, "The people will listen to me because unlike other Robins, I speak with an English accent."

MedStudentWife said...




hehehheheheheeeee !!!!

...Kat said...

I LOVE Brit humor
LGS, Ever see Yes Prime Minister?

and their Drama as well!

combining both is Reckless!

watch the wonderful Masterpiece Theatre production Reckless
starring Robeson Green

Young doctor Owen Springer returns to Manchester to care for his ailing father and proceeds to fall in love with an older woman, who just happens to be married to his boss.

Jocelyn said...

And, really, what sets the Brits apart is the reverence and respect with which they treat historical drama.

No silly fart jokes, for instance. That would be beneath them.

daysgoby said...

I want to be Helen Mirren when I grow up.

We're light-years away in appearance, but the strong and beautiful part? I want that.

And I have a soft spot for Brit comedy. Ever see Waiting For God or The Vicar Of Dibley?

Odat said...

I'm falling out of my chair here!!! OMG LMAOOOOOOOOO....
Thanks for the laugh!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...


"Yes, Prime Minister" was funny but painfully close to the truth! I don't know Reckless but will keep an eye out for it.

It does in fact come from beneath them. I know, I am incorrugible.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I have to admit that its been years since I have had access to British comedy. I miss it.

Don't laugh! This is serious period drama, this is! Hahaha.

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