An unruly collection of clever but crass Thatcher-era English high-school students seek to earn the scores needed to enroll in Oxford and Cambridge in director Nicholas Hytner and screenwriter Alan Bennett’s screen adaptation of his Tony-winning play.
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A drably realised adaptation, which never quite escapes its theatrical origins and is too preoccupied by familiar Bennett themes e.g. milky left-wing sympathies, a wistful nostalgia for a paternalist education system and its freeing possibilities plus arch gay reference points. Surprisingly short on his usually deft observational touches and filmed in so static a manner it fails to lift the soul, never mind free it.
Thought nicely of it the first time round, but now having read the play and seen the film tens of times, I find every second is so perfectly executed; every moment of histrionics, of nuance, of restraint is achingly calculated. The understated cinematography may seem uninteresting to some, but gives the film's haughty intellect room to breathe and grow. So, so good. Pass it on.
Watchıng this İ could tell ıt would make a great play, as ıt originally was. The dıalogue ıs dramatıc and poetıc, but it doesn,t relate so well to screen. The TV-like productıon and the varied acting abilities of some of the actors leaves a lot to be desıred.
A fresh "scapigliato" way of telling a quite cinematic topos. It definitely deserves an image on this site!<br>
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