Rough Crossing

A waiter keeps finding a way of drinking his customer’s cognac. A tad mean. To make it funny, it needed the customer to join in. The whole play needed re-working really – so that the characters were joining together rather than fighting over silly things.
Now some people were laughing out loud. But the audience was small and rather like the Guardian review, you wondered why the play had been resurrected without been saved.

The White Crow

Ballet – codified dance that works for swans but not for mallards.
Maybe cos I don’t like pepper sauce, I can relate to the waiter scene; maybe cos the first London cafe we went to tried to short change us – we were from a village – I can relate to the waiter scene.
I wasn’t as skilled, trained or aware as the Rudolf Nureyev shown in “The White Crow”, but some experiences I can share.
The film title – a Russian saying for someone who is very different – hints at an emphasis on his psyche, backed up by the waiter scene. But the movie tells a better story, with reasoned discussions before the menace purveying the episode of defection; and ballet looks more interesting shot from short range – why didn’t they do the same for Nureyev in the sixties?
The film takes a tad too long to tell its story but it is worthwhile.
(3 stars; e:3; s:4; p:4; wiki; Guardian review – 3 stars; Parkinson interview with Nureyev.)


Out of Blue

A special preview of “Out of Blue” at the Broadway in Nottingham.
The film comes from a short story by Martin Amis and is a slow-moving “film noir”. An immersive pleasure rather than action movie; even the detective’s car shining blue lights is relatively slow moving.
The film draws heavily on ideas from quantum and astro physics, include the mind exercise of “Schrödinger’s cat“.
The movie’s director, Carol Morley, was there to take questions after, and said that when she met Stephen Hawking, she talked about us being made of stardust – woah – something the hippies were already singing about in the sixties. So after 3 arty questions from the audience, I asked her how physics had changed her life. Her answer – how bewildering the double-slit experiment is.
(3 stars; e:3, s:3, p:3; Guardian review – 3 stars)

The Aftermath

Saw the reviews – soap drama or Mills & Boon – panned as a failed romance movie, so only went cos I was intrigued to know what the British Armed Forces might have had to deal with in post-war Hamburg. And felt rewarded. So what went wrong?
The film’s 4 leads are all characters who for various, or similar reasons, can’t really engage in interesting conversation. So it’s a bit hard to be believe narratives of falling in love, or have ever having been in love.
Again, an undue influence on cigarettes. And I know enough to know the currency they represented meant you didn’t throw a half-finished cigarette into a bucket of water.
Still, least I know why you had to be careful to be British in Hamburg after the war. And have a sense of the effort put into de-Nazi-fication.
(3 stars; e:4, s:4, p:2; wiki; Guardian – 2 stars)