TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (2014)

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TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (2014)

Post by Wallace on Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:31 pm

eXCELLENT bbc PRODUCTION IN 3 PARTS FROM THE TRILOGY BY wILLIAM gOLDING (SO YOU KNOW ITS GONNA BE MORE PSYCOLOGICAL THAN ACTION (BULLSHIT)

Benedict Cumberbatch is not loved on this forum, but I must say he does a good acting job here and his part is huge.

1800s and Brit is at war with France (& America).
Talbot is an aristocrat who is going to Australia to secure a important colonial govt position. His success is ensured by the name of his godfather.
However, it is war and he cannot get proper passage, so he boards a warship taking on a few other aristos.
The crew is new and mainly Irish and some seemingly uncontrollable - not impressed by the rich.
The captain has put up a sign that under no circumstance are any of the passangers to venture onto the maindeck when he is overseeing the progress of the boat. He is funny this way.
Talbot has not read this missive and ventures up in an attempt at friendliness. He is wildly rebuked by the captain ,until the capt learns that this Talbot is related to a very powerful man. Then the capt swallows bile and turns all nice.
Unfortunately events have it that a lowly young parson on board has witnessed this and, assuming the capt friendly, goes up to the forbidden zone to introduce himself. The stunned parson is basically beaten down in front of Talbot's astonished eyes and told to know his place. (The capt is an atheist and believes religion on his ship is bad luck.)
Some of the Irish on board have evil designs on the parson as well.
When the ship crosses the equator, for the "entertainment" of the passangers, an old sea custom is enacted: a pagan attempt to appease the god,Neptune. The parson is pulled out ,half-stripped, publicly humiliated and dunked nigh to the point of unconsciousness in a tub of seawater (by some unknown rascal in a Neptune mask). The capt apparently wasn't expecting this, but does nothing to stop it, despite his second-in-command's objections. The aristos -in typical cruelty of the times- are laughing but deep inside are less-appalled, but more disturbed by this show. They see the crew's attack on the parson as being an attack on themselves. But they are afraid to interfere.

Members of the crew take the half-alive parson out back somewhere. Later he hops out like one mad. Almost naked and pissing here and there saying his piss in the name of Jesus blesses the ship. He has gone all loolally.

Talbot meanwhile has seen none of this - wot with fucking some other aristo in the (filthy) cabin belowdecks.

Later he is informed of this by the (good-man) second-in-command, being told that it is Talbot's duty ,as the MAIN AUTHORITY here to bring the matter up with the capt, criticise him for not putting a halt to the parson's degredation, and demanding the ruffians involved get naval trial.
Talbot is afraid and reluctant to do this (but in typical Golding novel fashion) is constantly fighting with his conscience to do the right thing.

The second-in-command says something that will doubtless effect Talbot's life forever - on this voyage Talbot learns things about himself he never thought were there. The second-in-command places the parson's fall directly on Talbot's shoulders. "Dont you understand," he explains, "It was your aristocratic brazeness in going up to the capt's forbidden zone, that fired the poor parson's doing of same." Talbot was the catalyst for the events that followed.
Talbot sees that it was so.
The second-in-command says that there was a witness - Talbot's own cabin man, claims that he hear certain scoundrels boast to the effect that the parson was buggered by the men. (However, there is opium on the ship which the Irish take down in the ship's bilge, so the assumption is that they also got him drugged into some wild frenzy.)
Talbot goes only so far with the capt as to tell him he is writing a novel about his warship journey to Australia, chronicling the interesting occurances. And that his GODFATHER will be avid to read it. (A subtle warning.)

The parson is not seen to come out of his cabin for 4 days. Talbot, on the second-in-command's insistance checks on the man to find the cabin full of flies and the parson dead and shit-bespattered - apparently one CAN die of shame.

Later Talbot is informed that his cabin man is missing - must of fallen off the ship.

The parson is given a formal burial at sea and all is forgotten as if never happened.

But its gnawing at Talbot's consciousness.

A main sail has broken and the hull is covered in seaweed, slowing all progress. The voyage is gonna take more than a month and, worse yet, they have become becalmed in the tropical doldrums.


This all in the first part.



Very interesting film with great actors.

You dont want to watch this if you are prone to sea-sickness. Ive never seen a movie that so (continually) emphasizes the jarring motion of a large sailship. Many, many crooked Hitchcockian-Psycho strange angle shots. Actors continually being thrown back and forth, sliding on decks, vomiting.
They make good use of flies in this film.
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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:24 am

Sounds like it is worth a gander Wally.

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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:27 am

Yeah, sounds good.
Any schoolgirl shagging ?

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Post by Wallace on Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:40 pm

No.

(You might want, "Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory" 1960-summat.)
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Post by Guest on Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:13 am

Changed my mind then WALLY sounds like a load of 

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