The Headmaster!


I'm just watching this for the first time and I just finish disc 2. The remake with Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters has always been a favorite movie of mine and I've been dying to watch this version! So watching the scene with the headmaster in this version gave me chills! I totally didn't expect it given the chilly scene of the headmaster on disc one. He is even scarier than he was in the remake so when the scene where he has to let her go came on I was totally unprepared for it! It was wonderful! Definitely the best scene yet! Of course I still have another disk to go, and usually I wait until I'm finished watching to come on here but I just had to mention this scene! Just wow! I'm really enjoying this series! I still love the film version and that is more beautifully shot and polished but I have to say this version is so much more enjoyable. It really gets into the characters especially the wife. Of course it has time on its side.

I see no beauty here, nor fit for breeding.

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The last two episodes are even better.

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Aw man I can't wait! I should get disc 3 by Tuesday! Then I'll finally get to read all the comments on here. I'm actually surprised I got such a fast reply given this miniseries is so old and obscure, at least here in the States. I found out about it years ago when I was looking for the soundtrack of the Steve Martin version and saw the box set for this. Even then I thought it must have been something completely different. I wish I would have bought it now. By the time I figured it out it wasn't available. Still it's hard to buy something that I hadn't even watched and wasn't available to do so. Thank God for Netflix! I just enjoy watching it so much! I wish it would go on forever!

I see no beauty here, nor fit for breeding.

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If you ever get the chance to buy Blue Remembered Hills, you'd probably find it almost as entertaining as PFH -- a lot less complicated, but it has the Denis Potter touch.

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"If you ever get the chance to buy Blue Remembered Hills, you'd probably find it almost as entertaining as PFH -- a lot less complicated, but it has the Denis Potter touch."

Thanks! I would have never heard of it. IMDb doesn't even acknowledge it! It looks great, hopefully it will be more widely available some day! I'm going to rent The Singing Detective next. I've had it in my queue and had no idea they were related. I guess I should have since I've seen the remake and they both involve lip syncing. I didn't care for the remake that much and was kind of annoyed when I heard that about the original. It's like nowadays you can't watch a movie now without looking it up and making sure there is not a better original. The 1981 version of Pennies From Heaven didn't take away from watching the original though. It actually enhanced the viewing because there was so much going on that wasn't shown!

I see no beauty here, nor fit for breeding.

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Wow. Just wow!

I see no beauty here, nor fit for breeding.

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Glad you enjoyed this. I just watched it this weekend. I saw it about 14 years ago, but had forgotten so much. The acting, the dancing, the story: everything was just so well done. Bob Hoskins is a national treasure!

You ain't seen me, roight?

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My father got this on dvd, and he really wanted me to see it. I didn't really expect too much of it, but it really took me.
It's sweet, charming and still with some very serious themes about it.
All the actors were really brilliant.

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That is surely a great scene, one of the best in the series, the way it's performed down to the last detail! There's a moment when the headmaster recites an old rhyme, "October, winter's near; November, skies are leaden..." and as he says "December....Christmas cheer" in the saddest voice, his head moves up, revealing the small "cheerful" wintery picture behind.

What a scene - heart-ripping!


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Just saw the film. And I really didn't like how they'd changed that scene at all. He was so much more like a father-figure in the series. And I liked how her state isn't stated, only hinted in the series. Makes the conversation so good.

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They blew up Congress!!! HAHAHA!

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Do you mean when he repeats the line: "September fruit..."?



I'm going to see the film in the next couple of weeks. To be honest I don't really want to, but curiosity's getting the better of me.

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Yeah, exactly that....

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They blew up Congress!!! HAHAHA!

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The stark scene in the classroom, when the austere headmaster breaks his harsh facade as he recites the nursery rhyme--stands out as one of the most poignant moments in the series. The part where Cheryl Campbell asks (almost pleads) if she can stay on through the end of the term--his silent response: the downward, sorrowful gaze is absolutely wrenching.



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The headmaster, especially after he explains why he is harsh with the boys and so we then truly understand him, is the one character that brings this series to a level of true humanity and kindness.

There is no other character in the series who is like that -- all of the others are either venal or flawed.
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The headmaster is certainly one of the sweetest and noblest characters in the series. The whole scene is heart-wrenching and performed magically by one of England's finest actors, Freddie Jones, who even incorporated Al Bowlly's gestures into his dance routine.

Formerly KingAngantyr

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Not that sweet or noble. If he were he would hardly have fired her. He would have stood by her and allowed her to keep her job. Preposterous to fire a woman for becoming pregnant - in any era. Quite unforgiveable.

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My God, it's full of stars!

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