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The Railway Children – 1970’s Film Review

Today I went for a walk in Haworth Yorkshire, tracing the path of the Railway Children film shot in 1970. Here is my 2 line review!

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN

EDITH NESBIT

BLURB

When Father goes away with two strangers one evening, the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are shattered. They and their mother have to move from their comfortable London home to go and live in a simple country cottage, where Mother writes books to make ends meet.
However, they soon come to love the railway that runs near their cottage, and they make a habit of waving to the Old Gentleman who rides on it. They befriend the porter, Perks, and through him learn railway lore and much else.
They have many adventures, and when they save a train from disaster, they are helped by the Old Gentleman to solve the mystery of their father’s disappearance, and the family is happily reunited.

TRAILER TO THE 1970’s FILM JESS WAS RAVING ABOUT

[youtube https://youtu.be/dIks0QVzWLk]

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2 LINE REVIEW

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN BOOKSo as promised, as soon as we got back to mine, I found the Railway Children for us to watch. The film was every bit as heartwarming, gentle and wonderful as I had been promised.

The cast is perfectly realised and I instantly fell in love with the caring Bobbie, wise cracking Peter and impetuous Phil – portrayed delightfully by Jenny Agata, Gary Warren and Sally Thomsett.

However, the heart of the film was the children’s mother. Had she not met my approval, the whole set up would have been ruined. Thankfully, the film avoided making the mother a mope or victim and she was brought to life with humour and elegance by Dinah Sheridan.  Her dealings with the ‘mean’ maid at the beginning were just brilliant!

Albert Perks was another triumph – it took me a second to place Doctor Who’s friend Bernard Cribbons in the role. He brought light to his every scene – particularly when interacting with ‘ the Russian’ and his bloomin’ missus. His character also brought the railway to life – making every scene with the trains fun and emotive.

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The only slight quibble was that I watched the film with two such reprobates. Almost as soon as the film started, himself started to question the portrayal of Bobbie’s relationship with the Doctor! Naturally my easily led mind instantly jumped to several unsavory situations!!

Of course, we were also watching it with an eye to the breathtaking landscape that we had wandered today. It was fascinating to see places that we had just visited – how different it all looked…and how the same. Truly gorgeous countryside – I feel all the honoured.

An utterly lovely film that sticks closely to the source material.

TRAILER TO THE ‘WRONG’ THE RAILWAY CHILDREN

[youtube https://youtu.be/3FsOZyguxqU]

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Minion Movie

Ta dah!!!

So squee about this.
I mean, bouncing up and down in glee sort of Squee.

With the Owen Elgie news earlier this week and this trailer today…I might just explode with excitement!

 

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The Hanging Tree – Jennifer Lawrence

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There are two versions of the song made popular during the recently released new Hunger Games (Mockingjay Part 01) film currently doing the rounds.

The Radio Edit – (which Hypable feels is off point [thanks to @not_johnstamos for the link]) – by James Newton Howard featuring the almost unfeasibly talented Jennifer Lawrence.  She acts. She dances. And now, she sings!!

I personally prefer the simpler version that was actually used in the mooovie. And the second I can find a link to it, I’ll post it!

The Hanging Tree

Lyrics by Suzanne Collins

Melody by the Lumineers

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where they strung up a man
They say murdered three.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it seem
If we met up at midnight
In the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where the dead man called out
For his love to flee.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it seem
If we met up at midnight
In the hanging tree.

 

Trailer to The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 01

Disney Princesses – Dina Goldstein

The Fallen Princesses series by Dina Goldstein

 

A different sort of homage…

 

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Disney Princesses – Different Ethnicities

Tumblr user TT has created the following amazing re-imaginings of Disney Princesses. There’s a ton of princesses and it’s worth having a look at the site at lettherebedoodles to see them all!

My personal favourite of the ones I’ve seen so far is Snow White – she looks amazing!


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