Dramatisation of the romantic life and various relationships of poet Philip Larkin, from his arrival as librarian at Hull University in 1955 to his death in 1985.

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The less deceived
21 January 2004 | by (Dundee, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I am a big fan of Larkin's works, I believe that he was amid the greatest 20th century poets. The film itself does a great justice to the bard of Hull. Wonderfully portrayed by all the players in their roles. Bonneville does do a service to the sexually repressed Larkin, he avoids an impression and strays from becoming a caricature. The use of his poetry was the highlight of the piece itself. Rather than acting out the massive intensity with which Larkin felt, the use of his words themselves give a better insight into plot and add a much more sombre but altogether more fascinating atmosphere. Most enjoyable.


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