Rime of the Ancient Mariner
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We tried reciting it and only remembered bits and pieces. (I have problems remembering Dr. Seuss.) I said I'd get two copies of the poem so each could read it. That was easy enough, but I was extremely surprised to find it had been made into a film. We looked forward to watching the film to see how it had been interpreted. After all, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner isn't exactly light reading. After each had read the poem, we watched the film together.
We considered the film a remarkable achievement, especially considering it was made in the 1970's, before computers, before the so-called "Ken Burns effect," and before special effects too often began compensating for a lack of substance. Particularly noteworthy are the 19th and 20th century illustrations culled from "lesser known artists," such as Willy Pogany, the early Hollywood designer.
The film is narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave, whom had taught the poem when he was a schoolmaster, adding a tone of authority and credibility in remaining true to the poem.
Its mastery is in the layers of subtle messages, conveyed without "instructing," or becoming an oppressive and obvious morality tale. We found it such a refreshing change from today's 'in your face' and 'clobber them over the head' mentality.Read more ›
While a few isolated individuals might not understand what they are looking at because they expect to see an average "movie",
this is not an average production. The film took two years to produce. The planning and graphic design for the shooting
the work of artists such as Dore and Pogany, who attempted to bring life to the epic poem, in the 19th and early 20th Centuries,
took three months on an Oxberry Master Series animation stand. Not only did the film bring great comprehension to students
who struggled for two centuries with the Elizabethan language written by Coleridge but it elevated the poem with Sir Michael
Redgrave's brilliant and experienced background in the epic poem. The film won six international film festival prizes,
five that are first place awards, including rave reviews from radio, TV, the print press and even Library Journal.
We salute the filmmakers for this effort and would love to see more like it. We have scarce little such films made these days
as most filmmakers today are more interested in the bottom line than what the film would bring to our society and culture.
This is not one of those.
The planning and graphic plotting for the camera movement over pieces of art is time consuming and laborious. This is the major reason why the film took two years to produce. Those who do not know or can grasp the technology of Photoanimation are urged to go to Wikipedia and read up on it. It begins with a soundtrack analysis and goes on through a difficult process.
One comment mentions about the film being "a narrated PowerPoint presentation". That kind of presentation is just a basic slide show and it takes no effort other than photographing still art or photography.
The secondary objective of this film is to serve as a pilot for The Immortal Poets. This would be an entire series on the visualization of great poetic literature. Such a work is something greatly missing in our society as we are currently into a dark age of letters and poetry.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The DVD does not have chapters. You can't jump like on a regular DVD. It just goes from the authors life story into the poem. I didn't even realize the poem started when it did. Read morePublished 22 months ago by JIMMYZ
I loved the opening with the background about Coleridge -- very much like the PBS specials they have now, but made long before (without computers). Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by TS
if you have any interest in hearing the rest of the Iron Maiden epic ballad then this is the place to go. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by WY or Bust!
The item was received very quickly, it was in very good shape and we have enjoyed it many many times since purchasing it. The images are a welcome addition as is the biography.Published on January 3, 2013 by R. Hastings
I bought this particular product because it fit in so nicely with the Oceanography curriculum that I have to teach for the upcoming year. Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by 1mercury
I enjoyed it, my students in Brit Lit were less than enthusiastic. I may try using it again in class. BTW, it's basically a narrated powerpoint slide show. Read morePublished on June 28, 2010 by Bobby
This is a good resource to use in the classroom when teaching Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Read morePublished on March 29, 2008 by Jenny Tutor
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