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[reading from a newspaper]
"An ugly painting. The painting by Mr L.S. Lowry - Coming From The Mill - is confusing and appears to have been painted by a child. The figures if we may call them figures are nothing but smudges. Ridiculous marionettes suspended in a squalid industrial scene. If this is Mr Lowry's vision of the Lancashire landscape and its people, I feel very sorry for him. It is a most unsatisfactory picture and an insult to the people of Lancashire."
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Was It Love?
Performed by Bidgood's Broadcasters
Written by Irving Caesar, Harry Rosenthal and Con Conrad
Published by WB Music Corp (ASCAP)
All rights administered by Warner/Chappell North America Ltd.
Transferred from original shellac Broadcast 407B
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As the title indicates, this is very much a film about Lowry's mother Elizabeth, a chronically ill malingerer, housebound and demanding. She despises almost every one of his early canvases, but when she warms to a picture of ships in the local canal and gives him two shillings to submit it to an exhibition in Manchester, she opens the door to his future glory. A showdown at home is the dramatic climax of this essentially domestic and un-dramatic narrative.
Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave give performances which we have seen in other films, subtly shaded to fit this restrained and evocative story. Adrian Noble has directed a slow-burning movie with few "fireworks", but it offers an acting (and painting) master-class.
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