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Free Night at the Movies - Hobson's Choice

A bit more about film. British film, in particular.

We have a collection of David Lean films (UK) and just opened it up last night.

This collection contains:

* The Sound Barrier
* Hobson's Choice
* Blithe Spirit
* Brief Encounter
* Great Expectations
* Oliver Twist
* Madeleine
* The Passionate Friends
* This Happy Breed
* In Which We Serve

We watched our first film (out of order, I might add), "Hobson's Choice" - the 1954 version with Charles Laughton, John Mills, and a very, very young Prunella Scales. And by the miracle of YouTube, here is the movie for you - for free!

This had me smiling from ear to ear in many place of the film. It's a lovely, entertaining, funny film and when it was over, I just couldn't seem to get my face to snap back to its ever-present frown of late, there was just so much to smile about! I loved it. I loved the main female character, "Maggie," Mr. Hobson's eldest daughter, played by Brenda de Banzie... what a woman! Throughout the entire film, I just kept pumping my fist and saying "All Right!" etc. She is a force and a wonderful character.

Gotta go now, Paul is home with the groceries...

P.S. As an extra added attraction, I've just read about this and found a full version on YouTube:

An Inspector Calls - Complete BBC Edition - 1984 (by JB Priestley)

I have not seen it - yet! But I will...



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I think I could turn and live awhile with the animals...
They are so placid and self-contained,
I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied... not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

~ [Walt Whitman, from "Leaves of Grass, No. 32"] ~


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