Misery, the musical
- Distant Voices, Still Lives review by JD
This is essentially 2 films. Distant voices is set around a physically abusive father and husband. Still lives is set around the weddings of the 3 children. There are so many flash backs and forwards it is difficult to maintain an interest. The theme is life and times of a working class family who sing for about 50% of the film and cry for a similar fraction. Muddled, disjointed and far too much singing to make it feel authentic.
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- Distant Voices, Still Lives review by PV
In spite of the sleeve notes being inaccurate, or rather misleading, this was an amazing look into the times gone by.
Kenneth Horne and Kenneth Williams did not star in this film, but were a few seconds of sound bites from past radio programmes.
The real stars were Freda Dowie, Pete Postlethwaite, Angela Walsh, Dean Williams, Lorraine Ashbourne and Sally Davies.
The supporting cast were absolutely faultless. I even recognised a teenage Pauline Quirke.
Well worth a nostalgic visit; happy, sad and occasionally frightening, plus quite a few musical moments.
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