Saturday, 25 August 2012

Parades's End BBC dramatisation

I saw the first episode of Parades's End a dramatisation of the tetralogy by Ford Madox Ford on the B.B.C. last night. Even Sir Tom Stoppard could not manage the rapid transitions that cannot be evoked by mere cutting. Can film represent duration when as a medium it flouts it and offers us a reduction into mere time as Bergson points out in Creative Evolution? The linking of images can represent the moving forward into a present intensity and no doubt there will be an accumulation of key moments as the series progresses. Breakfast with the scatological vicar lacked punch. Sorry about that, I'll get my coat. So far O.K. and it must send people to the book which is woefully neglected.

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