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Cromwell (Mark Rylance) holding up crossed wrists at Henry’s seething onslaught of accusation of plotting against him with Chapuys for the Emperor Charles V; Anne (Claire Foy) shivering in the wind, trembling as she waits to be beheaded (Wolf Hall 5 & 6) He doesn’t exactly miss the man. It’s just that sometimes, he forgets […]

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Anne (Claire Foy) has had a miscarriage (penultimate sequence, Wolf Hall 4), POV, Thomas Cromwell aka Mark Rylance first observes the sexually spiteful Jane Boleyn (Jessica Raine) and then stands before Anne … the historical novel has been one of the sites where women writers have had most freedom to examine masculinity as a social […]

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Wolf Hall 1, early shot, Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) listening to Norfolk (Bernard Hill) and Suffolk (Richard Dillane) threaten Wolsey (Jonathan Pryce) at York palace (1529) “A strong man acts within that which constrains him” …. to Henry, who resents being told he cannot war on France easily (Wolf Hall 1) “I have never known […]

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Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell (Wolf Hall 3) Natasha Little as Elizabeth Wykys Cromwell, Thomas’s wife, who dies of sleeping sickness early in the series Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza rescued from an abject life by Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark (2015 Poldark 1): she is facing down Heidi Reed Elizabeth while Ross turns away Dear […]

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Hogarth, the first of 9 engravings, “The Heir” Stravinsky, Auden, the last scene, “Madness” Dear friends and readers, In the last couple of days I’ve watched two operas based on 18th century sources: Kim Witman’s production of Igor Stravinsky & W. H. Auden’s adaptation of 9 engravings by Hogarth, The Rake’s Progress, as performed at […]

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Otto Dix, The Seven Deadly Sins (done in the same year that Weill wrote his Seven Deadly Sins) Dear friends and readers, How hot was it? Hitherto I’ve reserved “super-hot” for temperatures of say 100 to 105; yesterday we were told the heat index hit an astonishing 125F. I know the temperature was a mere […]

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Cromwell, thoughtful (Mark Rylance) Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn in the ending we all know (Claire Foy, 2015 Wolf Hall) A Syllabus For a course at the Oscher LifeLong Learning Institute at American University Day: Ten Mondays, 11:45 to 1:15 pm, September 25 to November 27 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW. Washington DC Dr Ellen Moody […]

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Hana (Juliette Binoche) looking around villa wistfully before moving in with her patient (The English Patient, 1996, Anthony Minghella) Echo is the sound of the voice exciting itself in hollow places — a phrase from Christopher Smart’s poem to his cat Jeffrey which repeats across the novel. Smart was put into an insane asylum by […]

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Iane (Steve Cree) and Jamie (Sam Heugan) talking of memories shared after dinner (“Lallybroch,” (Episode 12, scripted Anne Kenney) Claire: You missed the whirlwind. Jamie: The what? Claire: The servants. They tore through here like dervishes. I’d barely turned my back, and they’d cleared away all of Jenny and Ian’s things. Jamie: It’s almost exactly […]

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Kenneth Branagh and Colin Firth — as characters digging the deep past up in the form of a coffin of a Muslim who once painted a mural on a 14th century church wall (A Month in the Country) Dear friends and readers, While the fall term has hardly begun, today was time to put in […]

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