Timothy Spall had previously spent two years studying and learning to paint, in preparation for his role as J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh's 2014 biopic, Mr Turner. See more »
L S Lowry is shown as having exhibited Going to Work in 1934. In reality, he didn't paint it until 1943. See more »
[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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Taken from "Coppelia Ballet, Part 1"
Performed by Wiener Symphoniker (as Viennese Symphony Orchestra)
Written by Léo Delibes and arranged by Émile Tavan
Transferred from original shellacs Piccadilly No. 110
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Acting (and painting) masterclass
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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