Two English cartographers visit the small South Wales village of Ffynnon Garw, to measure what is claimed to be the "first mountain inside of Wales". It's 1917, and the war in Europe continues. The villagers are very proud of their "mountain", and are understandably disappointed and furious to find that it is in fact a "hill". Not to be outwitted by a rule (and the Englishmen who enforce it), the villagers set out to make their hill into a mountain, but to do so they must keep the English from leaving, before the job is done.Written by
It took quite a long time to find a filming location that could pass for Taff's Well in 1910; the original location (where the true story came from), to the north of Cardiff, now has several large wind turbines and electricity pylons prominently placed, and the village is surrounded by a modern industrial estate. See more »
Elevations of climbable mountains weren't then and aren't now determined by triangulation to known landmarks; it would have been done by "spirit levelling," which is, more or less, a local measuring of one's vertical change along a path from an already established elevation which, in turn, is ultimately tied to sea level. Elevations determined by sightings to remote landmarks, as in this film, would be very imprecise because of atmospheric refraction. Indeed, if such a technique could have worked, the hill elevation could already have been determined by measurements from the supposed reference landmarks. A resurvey of a hill that might have turned it into a mountain would have been a differential measurement. The surveyor would only have had to measure the elevation change between a nearby point that he had already passed through on the way to the summit, and the modified summit. See more »
For some odd reason, lost in the mists of time, there's an extraordinary shortage of last names in Wales. Almost everyone seems to be a Williams, a Jones, or an Evans. To avoid widespread confusion, Welsh people often add an occupation to a name. For example, there was Williams the Petroleum, and Williams the Death. There was Jones the Bottle, and Jones the Prize Cabbage... which described his hobby and his personality. Evans the Bacon, and Evans the End of the World. But one man's...
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I'm pretty much in line with the 'mainstream' reviewers for fav flics; Lawrence, Quai, Dr. Z, 2001, Dr Strangelove, Silence, LA confidential, etc., etc.
There are however, many lessor lights, that are so much worth watching. Some are by age and perspective. I loved 'Boat that Rocked', but if you are not of the 60's - 70's R&R era I could see why others would not.
This movie 'The Englishman', is rare one. An enjoyable bit of fluff, filled with English humor, fit for all ages, but sharp enough to keep one entertained throughout the movie, which, itself is timeless.
If you wish for a lighthearted enjoyable evening with any and all, that you would wish to share a movie night with, this is one. For certain.
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