Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Where's That Then? No 29

Whenever I say to anyone that my favourite film of all time (possibly) is Tom Jones, certain amongst them always start singing 'It's not unusual to be loved by anyone'. But of course those not given to this will remember perhaps that it's the film of the first great English comic novel, by Henry Fielding. I simply couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw it in the Picture House in Leicester. Directed by Tony Richardson in 1963, it was blessed with a script by John Osborne and photography by Walter Lassaly, every frame of which was (and still is) a great joy. It also went on to sweep the board at the Oscars. Most importantly it unlocked the door for me that opened up to reveal the immense possibilities that the English countryside had to offer, and, well, the rest is history I suppose. So this was the house used for the home of Squire Western, played by the irrepressible (and drunk) Hugh Griffiths. One memorable scene, filmed on hand-held cameras, followed the raucousness of a hunt meeting here, positioned as it is facing the end of a cul-de-sac that runs down from a magnificent church. Don't worry about the name of the house, only the village.

18 comments:

Peter Ashley said...

I do apologise for the premature appearance of this week's puzzle pic. For some reason the mechanics ignored my request for 7am tomorrow and just published it anyway. Still, it may give someone in the USA a chance for once.

The Vintage Knitter said...

'Tis Cerne Abbas (Tries to avoid any priapic comments).

Peter Ashley said...

Well done Vintage Knitter. You obviously know your Dorset very well. As a prize I would send you the bent bumper of Hugh Griffiths' Rolls, if I ever had it.

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The Vintage Knitter said...

Oh well, the thought was there!
Hugh Griffiths starred as Dan the Railwayman in one of my favourite ever films: The Titfield Thunderbolt. Such a great character actor.

Bucks Retronaut said...

He also played the part of the scary Lock Keeper, father of the bird that Harry H. Corbett got up the duff in that wonderful film (for me anyway,)"The Bargee" the filming of which has glorious,but of necessity, totally unspecified memories.
Eric Sykes was in it too.
She is the mother of the T.V. Presenter Ben Fogle
,Think her name began with Julia........?
Foster ??!..... That`s it !!
Lovely Stuff.

The Vintage Knitter said...

Thanks for the reminder Bucks, I'd forgotten all about that film. I'll go and have a hunt for it on Amazon. Hopefully its available on DVD.

Peter Ashley said...

I have The Bargee on a tape. There are some great lines in it, particularly from Ronnie Barker.

E J Moore said...

As we seem to be talking more about Hugh Griffiths than Cerne Abbas, which hardly gets a look-in, may I say that my favourite role of his is Professor Welch in 'Lucky Jim', a film well-stocked with great character actors playing a variety of mean-spirited characters.

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