Druids Bringing in the Mistletoe, Glasgow Boys, Kelvingrove Museum, Detail

Millais, Mariana
Measure for Measure

Millais, Mariana from Measure for Measure

Jean Paul Lemieux
Nineteen Ten Remembered

Jean Paul Lemieux, Nineteen Ten Remembered
    I am always sorry when any language is lost ...
    Languages are the pedigree of nations.
  Samuel Johnson
 [ ODQ : 276 : 4 ]
  James Boswell
  Tour to the

George Henry, By the Fire

Dear Frankie


Time, Space and the Universal

So far the choices have been:

And finally, Dear Frankie, a Scottish film of a mere one hundred or so minutes, offering scant competition to its hefty neighbours.  If this were a competition, Dear Frankie would find itself in a precarious position.  But it isn't competition.   And Dear Frankie has the virtue of pushing us to examine more carefully certain of the common elements mentioned earlier:—

1 — Context, as in belonging to one specific place and time.  Though no one could argue Dear Frankie's resolute belonging to its distinctive place or setting of a seaport community on the windswept Scottish coast, still it is more the indefinable pull of an earlier time that rules, when archaic laws and half-remembered customs exert their iron grip, and nothing is given away readily, including speech.  And generosity, when it occurs, assumes strange and bewildering sizes and shapes;

2 — Examination of what it is to be a man.  If we don't know after watching Dear Frankie, we never will.  More next page, Introduction:— If I Ruled the World.


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