Abigail's Party

Discussion in 'The Classics - Films' started by TurnerPrize, May 1, 2011.

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Demis Roussos DEAD

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  1. TurnerPrize

    TurnerPrize time to dance

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    Apols if there's already a thread for this. Google and moopy search both say no though.

    I've just watched it (FINALLY) on the back of my recent Mike Leigh HIGH and sadly found it more annoying than anything. There were lots of bits that were quite shit and just did not ring true AT ALL, mostly thanks to some of the acting and the chracters just not really acting all that restrained or at all realistically. The men were shit, and i liked Alison Steadman, but she wasn't as good as i expected her to be. Loved Ange and Sue though, on the whole. In fact i've just googled and am very sad to see that Sue has been dead for twenty years :(

    All the Demis Roussos moments were pretty much my favourite bits ("it's a shame he's SO FAT" "Yes but he doesn't sound it does he"), but yeah i don't understand WHY it's meant to be a classic. THOUGHTS PLEASE MOOPY

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  2. Eileen

    Eileen All the better to see you with, my dear.

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    Is that Cheryl Baker on the front cover?
     
  3. cwej

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    I'm feeling so terribly to say that it's not a 10 because I always feel like I SHOULD rate it a 10, but I'm sure it works a lot better on stage than on screen. It's got some lovely moments, but I totally agree that the men in particular are badly cast, especially Beverley's husband whose name escapes me. I've watched it a few times but every time I watch it it's not as funny as I expect it to be. For me it is all about Steadman though - best bit for me is the applying make up bit. Such cuntish behaviour dressed up in her middle-class 'help'.
     
  4. TurnerPrize

    TurnerPrize time to dance

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    I also liked the similar stuff with them discussing Sue's divorce. More in that vein would have been appreciated.

    Is there any more material in the stageplay? I wondered if it might have been cut down a fair bit for tv, to it's detriment. Like Ecstasy's two hours forty and would not have worked at any less of that i don't think.
     
  5. RobotBoy

    RobotBoy BANG BANG

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    I haven't seen it in a long time, so can't really rate it properly from memory. I do remember really liking it though.
     
  6. monsta

    monsta CAUGHT YOUR FEVER

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    FLAWLESS.
     
  7. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    I ADORE it. But it's not as good as the 11/10 "Nuts In May" from the same director/Alison Steadman.

    "Now repeat after me, I HAVE VERY BEAUTIFUL LIPS..."
     
  8. Spuggie

    Spuggie Ripped to shreds

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    I quite like to think that this is what my parents were like in the years preceding my birth, except replace Demis with Julio, and my dad's moustache was much better than Laurence's. Plus, my childhood home still looked like the set in the mid/late 80s.

    Anyone who dislikes this is DEAD TO ME.
     
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  9. funky

    funky INCAPABLE

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    TOP UP SUE?
     
  10. TurnerPrize

    TurnerPrize time to dance

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    Christ, so many 10s? This is like the 'Another Year' thread all over again.

    :(

    Visit my grave, spug.
     
  11. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    LIGHT ALE FOR YOU, TONE?
     
  12. Shirley

    Shirley BIG-HEARTED BUNNY

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    "It's a pity he's FAT"
    "Yeah...he doesn't SOUND IT though does he?"
     
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    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    "Is it real silver?"
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  14. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    It seems there's a new West End production of this next year. although I can find precious little (in fact NOTHING) about it online. But today I've received the new brochure for the Theatre Royal Bath, which has a new production of this in April. Apparently it's a production of theirs in association with the Menier Chocolate Factory, prior to West End. No cast details as yet, on past experience I'm optimistic if the Menier is involved. If the casting is good, I'm there.
     
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  15. monsta

    monsta CAUGHT YOUR FEVER

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    I'm FINALLY seeing the stage version of this next month.

    The venue is a bit odd, it's the penthouse of a hotel but I expect that it'll give us the feeling of actually being at the party.

    BUY A BROOM
    BUY A BROOM
    BUY A BROOM AND SWEEP THE ROOM

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  16. Ellie

    Ellie Super talented triple threat

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    I saw a stage version of this once but I can't for the life of me remember who it was. They were TV actors - I THINK one of them was the main Hart mum from Family Affairs.
     
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    LOL @ the main Hart mum from Family Affairs. :D
     
  18. Eileen

    Eileen All the better to see you with, my dear.

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    I object to this being placed in a subforum of Moopy Odeon as this was a televised drama that wasn't given a cinema release :evil:
     
  19. Eileen

    Eileen All the better to see you with, my dear.

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    BACK AT THE WESTEND. I should be seeing this next week :disco:
     
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    He's not violent. JUST A BIT NASTY
     
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    Christian GOOD BYE!

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    Absolutely amazing and truly SEMINAL.

    It just never lets up.
     
  22. Eileen

    Eileen All the better to see you with, my dear.

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    I saw Who's Who for the first time last night. It's considered not his best work but I thought it was a fabulously NASTY little TV play about class divisions in 1979.
     
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    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    There's a new theatrical production starting next week with her from Sherlock and him from Call The Midwife. Debuts in Bath and then hits lots of other middle class places.
     
  25. Eileen

    Eileen All the better to see you with, my dear.

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    Still annoys me this is in the Films forum. It isn't a film.
     
  26. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    Where would you put it?

    It doesn't quite fit (because of both what it is or isn't) in about three forums.
     
  27. Shirley

    Shirley BIG-HEARTED BUNNY

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    WHY DOES IT EVEN MATTER?

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  28. Eileen

    Eileen All the better to see you with, my dear.

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    Wherever we stick stuff about theatre these days.
     
  29. Eileen

    Eileen All the better to see you with, my dear.

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    A scientist questioning why accuracy is important. Does the data you use get used for anything or do they just give you a basket to weave and then unweave?
     
  30. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    As a professional yoghurt weaver, that question leaves me goosebaffled.
     
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    TOOL GUUNY, of course, Indie. GET WITH THE PROGRAMME
     
  34. Indie

    Indie REMAIN INDOORS

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    you're a tool guuny.
     
  35. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    Is this why she stropped off?
     
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