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It’s different

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2011 by grahamharrowell

I went to the Village Hall the other evening for the film night. In France they revere the cinema, watch a lot of decent films and aren’t subjected to the whim of the big chains and Hollywood as we are in UK. The Village Hall is a bit of a fight back. (As a student I lived near The Phoenix in East Finchley so I like the idea.) Better than the multi-screens, the atmosphere is more intimate. Instead of buckets of popcorn we have tables with delightful nibbles and bottles of wine to quaff during the screening. Even better than the French approach.

The film itself also prompted a thought on another difference. It was “Ghost” in which the investigator is a ghost writer working for a former British PM. I’d been listening earlier in the day to a professor form UCL talking about the publication of the unbowdlerized Dorian Gray. He’d reflected that whilst changing attitudes had permitted this publication, at the same time changing attitudes had caused a censored edition of Huckleberry Finn to be issued omitting the “N” word.

In France there appear to be no such sensitivities. Their word for “Ghostwriter” is unashamedly “negre”.

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