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November 28th, 2009

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10:15 am - Do I dare disturb the universe?
Here is an interesting Doctor Who video. It doesn't use music. It uses TS Eliot reading The Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock. You are cringing aren't you but it works. It's astonishing.

It's almost ten minutes long. I think it takes a couple of minutes to calm your misgivings, and I would say give it at least that long before you decide if you like it or not. Eliot's voice is... well, not modern. Towards the end the whole things lifts further and becomes marvellous I thought. After the poem ends: 'Till human voices wake us, and we drown...' there are some clips which I don't think were needed; I think it stands on its own.

ETA sorry, in my haste I forgot to link to the person who created the video. Here is the post, and a chance to download it in higher quality, and of course give favourable comments. I'd be interested in your opinion here on whether you think it works as a video.

I want to recommend a second video, which is totally different: Filthy Gorgeous League of Gentlemen. This video tells you everything you need to know about what sex is like in Britain. Unless it's just me. (not of course safe for the sensitive)

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Date:November 28th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Wow! That is quite something. I was intrigued from your description rather than cringing, because sometimes the song choice will just throw me out of vid completely.

I loved the shot shown with the line 'the eternal footman' and the following line and action.

I think it works extremely well, but it feels like a different experience to watching a vid set to a song. It seems quieter, reflective in a different way, and the use of shots where the characters are speaking, which I think is usually regarded as a flaw in a vid, was spot on most of the times it occurred. It's a vid I would watch again. I'm also interested with the mix of archival footage, something that crops up in hollywoodgrrl's vid to Marble House.

It probably helps that I was re-watching some of the episodes used, like Fires of Pompeii recently.

I'd have been tempted to have a few shots of Peter Davison's Doctor for the lines about wearing white flannels on the beach.
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Date:November 28th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
It does feel very different from a music video. Reading what I wrote, perhaps I was being a bit defensive. I was just imagining everyone rolling their eyes 'She's banging on about Eliot again'
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Date:November 28th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
Nope, not me! I don't think I commented but I really enjoyed your recent Eliot posts. There's not enough Eliot in my life at the moment, and I'm very happy to see it all mixed up with Doctor Who.
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Date:November 30th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Please keep posting about Eliot.

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