Mother

Ah coincidence! Just last week I was engaged upon an interesting discussion, on my other blog, about whether it is possible to write proper criticism when one has to avoid giving the plot away, and what should happen? I come upon a film for which this holds true more than any mystery I have read …

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Rigoletto – The ‘Live Film’

Over the weekend of 4th/5th September BBC2, along with a host of  television broadcasters around the world, carried a 'live film' of Rigoletto with Placido Domingo in the title role. This was not the first 'live film' - there have been productions of Tosca and La Traviata previously - but it was certainly the first that …

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Reeves on Mill : Chapters 6-7

Chapter 6 In the late 1830's Mill once again became heavily involved with public political events. It was a time of hope for the Radicals; hopes which were centred on achieving a split in the Whigs between the progressive element and the rest, and the introduction of the secret ballot. Mill fretted that he could …

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Zimbabwe’s Children

After a few disappointing and shoddy documentaries which shook my faith in the ability of modern British television to produce a decent one, along came a brilliant example. Zimbabwe's Forgotten Children directed by Jezza Neumann and produced and presented by Xoliswa Sithole was intensely, at times unbearably, moving, while at the same time being extremely instructive. The …

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