The Watcher Cat

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Dance Goes On

So, some months ago, I was able to see three of the four episodes of the adaptation of Anthony Powell's Dance to the Music of Time, but not the other two--Hulu, the only place where I had found any of them did not have the other film.

Today, I stumbled on the missing episode, and have watched Part Two. The missing episode was splendid, with Harriet Walter's marvelous take on Millicent Blaides (who ensnares, inspects, and discards the much younger Widmerpool), and Sarah Badel's lovable Lady Molly (so different from her equally perfect Lizzie Eustace in The Pallisers; the rest is equally well cast, ad well performed by a starry but not showy cast, anchored by a superb Simon Russell Beale.)

It's too ambitious--eight hours for the 12 novels is simply not enough, but, as Spencer Tracy might have said, what there is of it is cherce.

A lazy Saturday, perhaps, but an enjoyable day off….

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