You know what I love, Internet?

Internet, I will tell you what I love.  I love stories set in Britain right before, during, between, and right after the World Wars.  I LOVE THEM.  Cf. The Little Stranger, The Shooting Party, The House at Riverton, Baltimore, Those Who Hunt the Night, Love Lessons, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Night Watch, etc.  If you say “Britain” and “World War” in your synopsis of a book, I tend to bump it way up on my reading list.  If you also say “aristocracy” and “disintegrating way of life”, I tend to put a hold on it at the library right that very second.  I just have this addiction.

It translates to film also.  My younger sister and I have discovered about ourselves that we have a crush on that haircut that people used to have, back in this day.  You know, like James McAvoy has in Atonement.  When somebody has a haircut like that, we both get all giggly and crushy, even when the somebody is a jerk like that submarine kid in that episode of Angel where he comes back for revenge and dangles Fred and Wesley and everyone by ropes in the main foyer.  And when they make films set in Britain around the Wars, people tend to have this haircut.  All slightly wavy and side-parted.

Apparently, Stephen Poliakoff knows this about me, and he cares.  Because Stephen Poliakoff is doing a film called 1939, in which, “on the eve of World War II, the formidable Keyes family tries to uphold their traditional way of life”.  I didn’t make that up.  Now unfortunately it stars Romola “Please forgive me for Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” Garai – no, honey, I do not forgive you.  It contains Christopher Lee and Julie Christie and Jeremy Northam, three Legendary Actors in whom I am not deeply interested.

And then, then, then, Internet, it contains Bill Nighy, whom I absolutely adore, in everything, and it contains Charlie Cox, Tristan from Stardust.

And Internet darling, it contains David Tennant too.

David Tennant.  AND Charlie Cox.  AND Bill Nighy.  AND they are all in a film about an influential family just before World War II.  I feel like Stephen Poliakoff needs to come visit me so that I can give him a hug and make him gingerbread.

10 thoughts on “You know what I love, Internet?

  1. I couldn’t agree more – I love books set around that time myself.

    And well, who does not fall in love with James McAvoy in Atonement? And David Tennant is my hero. Bill Nighy is just brilliant, especially in ‘Love Actually’.

    And when the films are set in Britain, the men are guaranteed to have a British accent – I’m a sucker for the British accent.

    Oh, I can understand you so well and I just kept on nodding while reading this post.

  2. Awww…give Jeremy Northam a fighting chance. He’s one of the best actors around. Watch him in “Emma”, “The Winslow Boy”, “Possession” and “The Net” and see if you don’t change your mind! I put him at the very top of my list of actors who never fail to give a great performance.

  3. Susi – Times like these I hate living in the US! I know it’s going to get released in the UK long before here… so jealous! And while I love a British accent, I am always pleased when David Tennant gets to use his own Scottish accent.

    Teresa – See, it’s Emma that did it. I saw him in Emma before I saw him in anything else, and I just can’t stand Mr. Knightley. I hate him in the book. So I took against Jeremy Northam from a young age, and I just haven’t seen anything that’s made me love him. (I’ve had a similar problem with Colin Firth, seeing him first in Shakespeare in Love). But I will give the movies you suggest a try. 🙂

  4. I know exactly what you mean! I’ve never put it into words, but those types of stories are always appealing. Thanks for the list of books I haven’t read yet. I’ll add a few of mine:

    Have you seen the movie Brideshead Revisited? it fits your criteria, and was good, but slow. I saw the recently released (in the last year) I haven’t read the book, but I think I would find it too slow. I’ll stick with the movie.

    Also, I assume you have already read Remains of the Day? If not, you must run and get that from the library. It also has a movie which I haven’t seen yet, but it has Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, which makes it a winner in my book.

  5. Oh! Oh my gosh, Remains of the Day, yes! I actually read it quite recently – I would have listed it in my list, except I was lazy and just searched “World War” in my blog. I really, really liked it.

    Thanks for the recommendation for the Brideshead Revisited film! I will definitely check it out.

  6. Jeremy Northam reads the audio book that went with the latest Brideshead film – it is brilliant; the man has the best voice ever for classic British between the war books!

  7. Hahaha, I can see that I will have to retract my previous slightly-unfriendly attitude towards Jeremy Northam. If he has perfect-British-between-the-war voice, I can no longer not care about him. I’m going to check out Brideshead and make friends with Jeremy Northam.

  8. Jenny, I just saw the movie Easy Virtue with Colin Firth!!, well, obviously I wasn’t with Colin to watch the movie, but you know what I mean.

    I thought of you when I was watching it, set in 1928 England, the son brings home his new American wife, the mother in law is so very British, and it was very cute. It was based on a Noel Coward play. I was hoping there would be a book it was based on. Oh well.
    You might want to check it out.

    • Aw, you’re so nice to think of me! Is that the one with Ben Barnes? I have a total enormous crush on Ben Barnes from when he was in Stardust. The film sounds wonderful, I can’t wait to see it!

  9. The Winslow Boy with Jeremy Northam is one of the very best films I have ever seen and the ending is done so cleverly.
    Goodness I must watch it again!!!

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