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Sir Norbert Smith, a Life (1989)
"Norbert Smith, a Life" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy  |  3 November 1989 (UK)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sir Norbert Smith
Melvyn Bragg ...
Charles Simon ...
Old duffer
Stewart Harwood ...
Mr. Wilkinson
Peter Goodwright ...
Will Silly
George Raistrick ...
Melvyn Merry
Renée Asherson ...
Lady Norbert
Simon Godley ...
Charles Pemberton ...
Moray Watson ...
Sir Donald Stuff
Ruby Lawrence
John Elmes ...
Felicity Montagu ...
Cecilia Johanson
David Henry ...
Harry Crabbe
Gareth Vaughan ...
Western mayor


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Impish send-up of British films AND entertainment documentaries
15 August 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA USA) – See all my reviews

NORBERT SMITH, A LIFE is an absolutely priceless send-up not only of British films over the years, but of the worshipful documentaries that cable and public TV companies crank out from time to time. (Using Melvyn Bragg as the narrator, doing exactly the kind of thing he was doing at the time on "The South Bank Show," was an inspiration, and kudos to Lord Bragg for being a good sport.) The film parodies are all spot-on, but the scene from the World War II action flick (with Sir Norbert finding an excuse to guzzle a glass of wine in every single shot), and the identical scenes from each of Sir Norbert's composer biopics (BEETHOVEN, MAN OF MUSIC; LIZST, MAN OF MUSIC; ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, MAN OF MUSIC) are especially hilarious.

And by the way, chalk me up as another member of the I Used to Have This on Videotape But I Lost It Somehow Club. What I wouldn't give to find a copy to replace the one I had!

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