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Blue Remembered Hills (30 Jan. 1979)

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The title is taken from A.E. Housman's 1896 poem: "Into my heart an air that kills; From yon far country blows; What are those blue remembered hills..." It's 1943 on a summer's afternoon ... See full summary »



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The title is taken from A.E. Housman's 1896 poem: "Into my heart an air that kills; From yon far country blows; What are those blue remembered hills..." It's 1943 on a summer's afternoon and 7 children play in the fields & woods of old England. The children's roles are all played by adults to act as "A magnifying glass to show what it's like to be a child." Written by Steve Crook <>

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Quintessential Potter (both good and bad)
2 March 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I've seen a lot of Dennis Potter's work, and "Hills" -- for all its oddity -- seems in fact quite typical: Theatrical gimmick? Check. Anti-sentimental? Check? Casual violence? Check. Nastiness/cruelty directed against the weak and vulnerable? Check. Forest of Dean? Check. Memorable? Check. Leaves a bad taste in one's mouth? Check.

The one familiar Potterism this play lacks is sex, which -- despite the fact that it's about seven-year-olds -- is actually a little surprising, as this angry, productive, somewhat unpleasant man very much enjoyed disturbing the public.

One additional element that perhaps makes "Hills" of interest today is that one of the little girls is played by Helen Mirren.

I'm rather glad, incidentally, that I didn't have to pay for a DVD copy; "Hills" is available in its entirety (at least at the time of this writing) on YouTube.

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