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Blue Remembered Hills: The Dennis Potter Collection [Region 2]

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"When we dream of childhood we take our present selves with us. It is not the adult world writ small; childhood is the adult world writ large" - Dennis Potter. Dennis Potter's acclaimed television play - though the most straightforward and realistic of his popular works - is both an hilarious and incredibly moving story. Through the simple act of using adults in the roles, Potter was able to emphasise the darker aspects of children's innocence and imagination, creating an altogether more complex and ambivalent picture of that "land of lost content". On an idyllic summer afternoon in the summer of 1943, a group of children play in the West Country hills, fields and forests. With no adults around, they indulge in spontaneous games and horseplay - sometimes echoing the distant war, at other times revealing their own insecurities and petty vindictiveness. But as they tease, fantasize and fight the day away, their innocence is about to be destroyed forever... Starring a wealth of British acting talent including Michael Elphick, Robin Ellis, Colin Welland and Helen Mirren.

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  • Actors: Michael Elphick, Robin Ellis, Colin Welland, Helen Mirren.
  • Directors: Brian Gibson
  • Format: PAL, DVD Region
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
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  • Studio: BBC DVD
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001RVNFYY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,128 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By dc on December 12, 2011
I've been wanting to see "Blue Remembered Hills" for just about ever, and tonight I finally got my chance. Dennis Potter was an absolute genius!

Helen Mirren is lovely in this, and totally believable as a 6 (or so) year-old girl. The trick of using adult actors to play children never seems gimmicky -- all of the actors carry off their characters so well that we often completely lose sight of the fact that they're grown-ups. Meanwhile, because they *are* grown-ups, they're able to tap into a lot of nuance that child actors would be unable to embrace.

Because it's Potter, we just *know* something bad is going to happen, but when it does it's not what we've been expecting, and it's somehow far more horrifying than whatever it is we think we've prepared ourselves for.

Highly recommended.
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