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Keep the Aspidistra Flying

  • Film

Time Out says

This adaptation of Orwell's '30s satire on the advertising game is a dull, timid movie, all romantic flurry, tarted-up design and chocolate box London location photography. Grant seems to fit the bill, looks and character-wise, as Gordon Comstock, the frustrated copywriter at New Albion Publicity who jacks it all in for the life of a bohemian writer in the Lambeth slums. There's a period angularity about his face and body, and his mannerisms suggest the requisite vanity and naivety. And Bonham Carter, the smart side of prim in three-quarter-length velvet coats and idiosyncratic millinery, is controlled exasperation itself as the designer who would be his bride. But Bierman, working from an uninspired script by Alan Plater, finds no way to engage with, or make relevant, the satire, and concentrates instead on routine romantic comedy. The project thus emasculated, all that remains is archaic dalliance, coy sex, tea shop chatter and laughable class caricature. Worse, the language remains flat, and - unintentionally or not - it's a reactionary reading.
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Release Details

  • Duration:101 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Robert Bierman
  • Screenwriter:Alan Plater
  • Cast:
    • Richard E Grant
    • Helena Bonham Carter
    • Julian Wadham
    • Jim Carter
    • Harriet Walter
    • Bill Wallis
    • Lesley Vicerage
    • Liz Smith
    • Barbara Leigh Hunt
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