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In 1975, the BBC made a film version of Cider with Rosie, also approved
by Laurie Lee, and featuring Rosemary Leach as the mother. The earlier
production is a triumph compared to this one, with a wonderful
semi-impressionistic view of this dramatisation of English village life
after the first world war.
In the 1975 version, look for example at the final shot where we see the young Laurie passing the real life elderly Laurie. What a glorious touch! Fortunately I have the first version on tape (and now preserved on a DVD!).
This later version, sadly, is strictly run of the mill made-for-TV drama compared to the 1975 one, which was produced by Eileen Diss and scripted by Hugh Whitemore, 2 of the BBC's greatest!.
This film is faithful to the book, perhaps too keen to
all the book into the film. Lee like Hardy evokes an England
that hadn't changed for a 1000 years and was about to change for ever.
lived in a small village, where the rest of the world might not existed.
doesn't show this life as idyllic.
Don't forget to read the book!
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