Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Proleface

I forgot to link to K-Punk's piece on Mike Leigh when I saw it a few weeks ago, so here it is now.

Leigh's films have nearly always really annoyed me* but I could never put it together properly. I once met an actress who often plays a working class woman on TV - in real life she's awfully terribly dahling but when she's on screen, she plays her part by going all slack-jawed and pretending she's got no teef.

It's the sort of misanthropy that you often get in other discussions. You know, the ones where the term false consciousness is reached for a little too easily?

*Like K-Punk, I only really liked Naked.

5 comments:

mutleythedog said...

Those movies drive me mad as an actual working class person with a family like that.. I always wanted to beat Leigh to death when I was younger...

Will said...

"*Like K-Punk, I only really liked Naked."

Yes -- me too.

Darren said...

"I once met an actress who often plays a working class woman on TV - in real life she's awfully terribly dahling but when she's on screen, she plays her part by going all slack-jawed and pretending she's got no teef."

Have you heard the cast of Eastenders speak in real life?

PS - High Hopes is a wonderful film.

Chris said...

A bunch of caricatures instead of characters, no good female or working class characters and a tendency to ignore realism and analysis in favour of 'wouldn't it be nice if people were nicer'? Is it just me or is this Orwell on Dickens?

I liked Topsy Turvy, but there were a few specific scenes in it that screamed Leigh, and it would have been better without them.

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