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source: A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery (1987)
audio: Scala & Kolacny Brothers, "Heroes"
length: 3:20
stream: on Vimeo; password: heroes
download: 27MB on Dropbox
summary: We can be us, just for one day

A Festivids 2016 treat for josette-arnauld.

Original Festivids post



I devoured Dorothy L. Sayers' Peter Wimsey novels last year and was blabbering about them to my roommate (who had only read the Vane novels); I convinced her to read the rest of the books and she showed me the Petherbridge/Walters miniseries. The casting is divine, but the adaptations start out good with Strong Poison and go downhill from there. This is my love letter to Harriet and Peter, though it's not the vid I initially envisioned because the footage just doesn't exist, from a combination of the exigencies of BBC budgets (minimal) and the bad choices made in the adaptation of Gaudy Night, which rob the story of a lot of its political heft. Peter and Harriet, of course, rise above such issues, mostly because Petherbridge and Walters rewrote their scenes wholesale on set. Their relationship--the fact that they find each other, and are able to become the versions of themselves who are able to hold onto each other through each other's influence--is an achievement, and it would be so even in this day and age, even more so in the 1930s.

Technically, vidding with footage this old was…interesting. I thought about trying to correct it, but the light levels are mostly tolerable (I did alter the light levels in the courtroom scenes for visibility) and in the end I lost my vidding energy for all of November, which obviated that possibility. (Fun fact: I finished the first draft of this vid on a plane on Halloween.)

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Date: 2017-02-11 18:13 (UTC)
josette_arnauld: fancy lady looking for adventure (Default)
From: [personal profile] josette_arnauld
How hilarious that we made videos for each other! :)

I couldn't agree more that this series has amazing casting and absolutely no production value.

I love how you captured the melancholy of both their characters, and how these two wounded people find strength in themselves, and eventually, in one another.

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Date: 2017-08-07 19:41 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cosmic_llin
I haven't watched this series yet but I recently got into the novels and this makes me so happy! It's really beautifully done! (Saw it at Vidukon and only just got around to commenting, sorry!)

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Date: 2017-11-13 17:31 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cosmic_llin
Coming back to say that I've now watched the entire series, and it makes this already wonderful vid even better! You've captured the incredible chemistry Petherbridge and Walter have, but you've also managed to hint at some of the depth and complexity that the adaptations are missing.

(I'm interested in what you said in your post about the actors rewriting their scenes on set - I don't suppose you have more info about that?)

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Date: 2018-01-02 11:10 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cosmic_llin
Oh gosh, thank you for sharing that, it's delightful! But OMG the whole thing sounds so frustrating!

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Date: 2017-12-31 22:06 (UTC)
jesse_the_k: amazed Alanna (hero of Staples/Vaughn SAGA comic) (alanna is amazed)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Peter/Harriet has been my comfort ship since the late 60s, so this video ticks all my boxes. Thank you for this tribute to the actors, who outshone their scripts so brightly I didn't even bother to watch Gaudy Night—didn't want to blemish the better movie in my head.

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Date: 2019-01-10 14:21 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kiki_eng
I love this and how perfectly it captures that yearning towards their relationship.

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