Sort of a very short follow-up on the post on Jay O’Calahan. – The quality of the tape is pretty bad, but the lesson itself is fairly good. If you are new to narrative theory, and all related, this makes for an excellent start.
Outside of my lyrical research, I am a sucker for so-called “spoken word performances”, being of the strong conviction that literature is meant to be read aloud, not just by oneself, and that poetry like that of Coleridge is something to be listened to, before it is read.
One of the few men nowatdays that do classic spoken-word performances without being cheesy is Jay O’Calahan. I warmly recommend you give all of the following videos a look. They range among the highest displays of free narration that I have ever seen.
– How did Coleridge and his contemporaries give their speeches, and recite their poems?
I like to think it felt very much like when O’Calahan tells his stories.
So, apparently, in the early 2000s, there was a movie about Coleridge’s and Wordsworth’s friendship, and according to IMDB, it’s the only motion picture in English that actually aims at being a true biographical portrait.
Pandaemonium, released in the year 2000, stars John Hannah as Wordsworth, Linus Roache as our own Mr C, and, notably, Samantha Morton as Sara Coleridge, which, from today’s perspective, makes it a star vehicle in retrospect.
I haven’t seen the movie so far, but from the excerpts available online, I get the impression that this was not necessarily a loss on my side. While I appreciate the efforts many directors undertake to make topics as escaped from modern society’s perception like the rural life in England during the Napoleonic era accessible to modern audiences, I dread how historicity is usually given up to tell some sort of adventure story.
Did I order the DVD immediately after learning of the movie? – Yes.
But do I expect much from it? – No.
If you happen to have watched it, let me know your opinion.
Especially the Kubla Khan clip makes me cringe, can’t help it. Well, cinematography surely has made a big leap since the turn of the century, but some stuff just doesn’t age well, I guess…