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Agatha Christie [Jul. 16th, 2005|08:47 am]
Tony Grist
Agatha Christie fools me every time. I've studied her methods in film after film (I can't bear the books, but my idea of a relaxing evening is to settle in with a Poirot dramatization) and I never spot the killer in advance.

She's the master of misdirection. All the evidence is there, but somehow she contrives for you not to spot it. She's awesome.

It's become a tradition (ever since Murder on the Orient Express) that Christie dramatizations should be packed with stars and polished to a high shine. The Poirot series (with the incomparable David Suchet) was worth watching simply for the production values. Everything gleamed, everything from the houses to the ashtrays was Art Deco. Mmmmm.

Last night was an oddity. The Pale Horse is late Christie and there's no Poirot, no Miss Marple and it's set contemporaneously in the Sixties. The film was as meticulous in its recreation of that era as tradition demands- with authentic clothes and cars and haircuts, conversational references to "angry young men", posters for Lolita and the Rolling Stones on bedsit walls and the Kinks on the soundtrack. It's odd to see a period one has lived through treated as if it were a remote historical epoch. It made me feel old to the point of ghostliness.

And Gollum was in it- Andy Serkis I mean- as a strange, nerdy, young policeman with an even stranger head of hair. He easily stole the show from the nominal hero. What a talent he is!

[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-07-16 07:26 am (UTC)
Kate echoes you completely--she just finished Sleeping Murder on Friday, when she said, exactly as you did, "That Agatha Christie fools me every time! How does she do it?"

We each have our own Harry Potters this morning, so it's very quiet around here. I'm just passing through to check my mail on my way to the porch.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-16 11:44 am (UTC)
"We each have our own Harry Potters this morning"

I suspect this is going to be a very uneventful day on LJ.
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