Nov. 29th, 2009

tilly_stratford: (Cello in the rain)
So tired. Slight headache. Cheesy showtunes from the twenties stuck in head, trying to drive them out with some Wood Pigeon.

But I did get to finally see Chimes at Midnight (1965)! I could tell you how beautifully shot this is (making spartan sets look majestic and aweinspiring, and a hundred guys in costume look like an army of thousands), or how Welles makes the world's most endearing Falstaff... All the usual things. But right now I just want to point out that yes, now I'm sure my new favourite Shakespearean actor is John Gielgud. I've yet to see him in any of the really juicy Shakespearean roles, but even when he played minor characters he made the lines come alive, like speaking in iambic pentameter was the most commonplace thing in the world.

I felt there was something very apropos about watching him deliver that soliloquy from Henry IV:
O sleep, O gentle sleep,
Nature's soft nurse, how have I frighted thee,
That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down
And steep my senses in forgetfulness?
Some do awesome soliloquys, I blog.
tilly_stratford: (ST: Kirk wants porn)
Okay, so imagine if Batman and Captain Kirk were boyfriends, planning to take over the world.

Yes, I've just watched it. We're talking the horrible TV pilot Alexander the Great from 1968, starring William Shatner and Adam West.

And not only did I watch it, I liveblogged it and did gratuitous capping.

I'm studying Ancient history, so it would have been fun if I could point out all the historical inaccuracies and all - but sadly I'm studying the boring bits of history, like the nature of Alexander's administration or what cultural impact Hellenism had on the conquered city states.

So instead I'll point out every time somebody says things like "go to the rear".

Oh those wacky Macedonians )

Okay gratuitous pic spam sort of fizzled out midway, but it's not my fault if the director suddenly thought to himself "Maybe we should try to make do with slightly less homoeroticism".

Let's just be grateful they never got this beyond the pilot, or we'd had somebody else filling Captain Kirk's high-heeled boots.

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