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A Sense of History (1992)

The 23rd Earl of Leete shares brief moments of his life, the truth behind his family estate and his particular glorious moment when he murdered his wife and his brother.

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Stephen Bill ... Giddy
Belinda Bradley ... The Earl's daughter
Edward Bradley ... The Earl's son
Roma ... Herself
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The 23rd Earl of Leete shares brief moments of his life, the truth behind his family estate and his particular glorious moment when he murdered his wife and his brother.

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Also included as an extra on the Criterion Collection DVD of Topsy-Turvy (1999). It was during the making of this film that Mike Leigh and Jim Broadbent first discussed making a movie about Gilbert and Sullivan. See more »

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A sense of history
13 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

"A sense of history" is a short film about upper class life in Britain. Broadbent is the 23rd Earl of Leete who takes us for a tour around his vast domain and telling us the incredible history of his family heritage. During the walk, this very banal and typical British landowner appears like an eccentric and psychopath person able to do anything to keep his material position. The film was directed by Mike Leigh in 1992. Known for his sensitive and satirical talent, he is one of the best English movie directors. He makes a lot of success such as "Secrets and Lies" which won numerous awards, including the "Palme d'Or" at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. The script was written by Jim Broadbent, the main actor in the film. "A sens of history" is the first time that Mike Leigh has directed for another writer. Though a mixture of tragedy and comedy, the film seems to convey the message than an obsession with power and material goods will leave you without emotion and devoid of humanity. What seems to be, at the first view, a boring documentary about high society in the 20th century, becomes a dark comedy when the main character reveals us suspicious things he did in his life. Are all the British landowners as lunatic and homicidal as Broadbent?... This film will be appreciated by people besotted with typical British black humor who like parodies.


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