by George Orwell - £10.99 Vor Press (2021)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781916363274 | ISBN 10: 191636327x
George Orwell applies his lucidity and unsparing objectivity to the stage and the big screen.
When reviewing The Tempest, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew and King John, George Orwell particularly considers the production of Shakespeare for modern audiences. In King John's military campaign in France, he sees relevance to the intrigues of his day. He alse reviews Noël Coward's I'll Leave It to You, Bitter Sweet and Blithe Spirit; George Bernard Shaw's In Good King Charles's Golden Days and The Devil's Disciple ("perhaps the best play Shaw ever wrote"); Boys in Brown, set in a Borstal; the racially charged The Cellar; JB Priestley's Cornelius; and Take Back your Freedom, on the psychology of fascism.
Whether he likes it or not - usually not - Orwell also sits through a variety of 1940 and 1941 movies. He presents a splendid analysis of what makes Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator both a great film and a very flawed one. The Humphrey Bogart vehicle High Sierra gets short shrift. Orwell is scathing about most of the American films he sees, but at times laughs along with everybody else.
For copyright reasons, this series is not available in the U.S.A.
(Price & availability last checked: February 2022)