The Crimson Field episode 4

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So near and yet…. and then her husband turns up. Kitty and Tom getting up close and personal.

Oh Crimson Field! I do so want to like you but you keep fidgeting about like an unformed teenage brain: too many half formed ideas, not enough commitment and a scant regard for accuracy. I’ll be glad when it’s over and I can get off the schmaltzy Sunday TV merry go round.

To start with a quick recap. Episode four was more promising (episode FOUR you say? It’s taken that long?) opening in sombre mood with a mass funeral. We weren’t told who the dead were, which may reflect the frequency of such ceremonies and certainly reflects the massive numbers of dead each day. Did nurses attend these ceremonies? I’d like to know.

There were some plus points: mentions of picking up the clap in the local town; absinthe; superstitions; black humour, hints at empire – all realistic. There’s Oona Chaplin’s beauty, and she can act, although where did that Cockernee accent come from that slipped out when she stormed out of the car heading for town? Kitty had been summonsed to meet a mysterious man in a nearby hotel; she must go rather than go on a date with handsome Captain Gillan. She hitches a lift and appears to have been stood up when in lurks an older man who turns out to be her husband.

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Kitty’s in the hotel waiting for…

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…her cruel husband, who is taking his revenge for her infidelity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s a new thread – as if there weren’t enough already – marital cruelty. Kitty’s ‘wronged’ husband (in his eyes only), played by the noble Sam West, plays an intensely cruel trick on her, pretending that their daughter is in the hotel. He’s a nasty bit of work and we instantly understand why she ran away, even at the cost of losing her daughter. Unfortunately, it’s a clichéd story, a wasted opportunity to bring some real depth to the series, maybe by addressing inequality in marriage. Luckily Kitty seems to get over it all  in the blink of an eye, so that’s alright then.

While I was optimistic at the start of this episode, my main criticism remains the quantity of story lines, some of them are important and interesting issues that deserve attention. It would be so much more satisfying if say, Kitty, Matron Carter and one other storyline were at the centre. If each character’s circumstance were explored properly we’d have a gripping, relevant, and timely TV series. It’s an interesting enough time in history to let a few strands of truth speak for themselves. But The Crimson Field is a sound-bite version of World War I; I am disappointed with it. As one of my Twitter friends said: ‘I’m hoping no one thinks it was really like that’.

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‘The Historian and the Home Movie’ film – Blog 4

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Welcome to the Blog of the Media Archive for Central England

In MACE’s blog this week we take a look at the film ‘The Historian and the Home Movie’ produced for us by Electric Egg.

The 25 minute film has been made available for free as a DVD to subscribers of this month’s History Today magazine in. The DVD can also be made available to academics, researchers, teachers and other educational and research organisations. See the end of this post for details.

This 5 part blog will focus on extracts from the film which highlights some of the material found in MACE’s Heritage Lottery Funded film search project, Full Circle, and explores how home movies and amateur films can be used by academics as important historical ‘documents’.

The Historian and the Home Movie – Clip 4
Historians discuss how home movies can bring another perspective to research

In this clip, MACE’s Director James Patterson, broadcaster & historian Taylor Downing, Krista Cowman…

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‘The Historian and the Home Movie’ film – Blog 3

Home movie history: Ashbourne Shrovetide Football 66

Welcome to the Blog of the Media Archive for Central England

In MACE’s blog this week we take a look at the film ‘The Historian and the Home Movie’ produced for us by Electric Egg.

The 25 minute film has been made available for free as a DVD to subscribers of this month’s History Today magazine in. The DVD can also be made available to academics, researchers, teachers and other educational and research organisations. See the end of this post for details.

This 5 part blog will focus on extracts from the film which highlights some of the material found in MACE’s Heritage Lottery Funded film search project, Full Circle, and explores how home movies and amateur films can be used by academics as important historical ‘documents’.

Historian and the Home Movie Clip 3:
Taylor Downing & James Patterson view and discuss a home movie from 1966

In this clip, MACE’s Director James Patterson and broadcaster/historian Taylor Downing, watch and discuss…

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‘The Historian and the Home Movie’ film – Blog 2

Wonderful from from MACE, the Media Archive for Central England, on the importance of home movies as a history source.

Welcome to the Blog of the Media Archive for Central England

In MACE’s blog this week we take a look at the film ‘The Historian and the Home Movie’ produced for us by Electric Egg.

The 25 minute film has been made available for free as a DVD to subscribers of this month’s History Today magazine in. The DVD can also be made available to academics, researchers, teachers and other educational and research organisations. See the end of this post for details.

This 5 part blog will focus on extracts from the film which highlights some of the material found in MACE’s Heritage Lottery Funded film search project, Full Circle, and explores how home movies and amateur films can be used by academics as important historical ‘documents’.

The Historian and the Home Movie – Clip 2
James Patterson reflects on the historical importance of home movies & archives

In this clip, MACE’s Director James Patterson reflects on why home movies should…

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