Saturday, 30 July 2011

La Boheme

This was in Cambridge at West Road.  Vignette productions.  Very young cast but all very good.  Rudolfo was a bit weak in the first half and struggling with the orchestra who were too loud.  They had set it in a modern post apocalyptic event which worked pretty well.  Although men in white suits came to take Mimi's body at the end which rather spoiled the pathos, I though.  Musetta, keri Fuge was particularly good.  They cut out big chunks of it so it came in well under 2 hours.  But thoroughly enjoyable

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

The Great White Silence

This film was the official film of the Scot Expedition.  It has been lovingly restored by the British Film Industry and it is absolutely amazing.  When you consider it is over 100 years old.  The guy was there for a year so he didn't know the tragic ending but was able to add that on and it was very moving.  But the beginning had funny light hearted moments  with the team's antics and his filming of seals and penguins.  Really glad I got the chance to see this at a cinema

Harry Potter 7.2

Brilliant.  There were a few little tweeks but I think it stuck to the plot really well.  Best of the lot in my opinion

Saturday, 16 July 2011

The 19th Wife. David Ebbershoff

An excellent book.  Follows two adjacent stories of a young man who was ejected from the extreme mormons, called the Firsts.  His mother is accused of murdering his father (she is the 19th wife).  It also follows the life of Eliza Anne Young who was the 19th wife of Brigham Young.  Really intersting to learn about the history of the church and the conditions within polygomous marriage.