Monday, July 11, 2016

And Then There Were None. 2015

Watched the latest version of this everlasting classic Agatha Christie mystery the other night. Its a 3 hour BBC adaptation and I knew the ending from having seen several other versions over the years, most notably the Rene Clair 1945 film. Still even knowing how it all turns out the film was lavish brutal, gory and harsh, much more so than any of the previous versions. The stellar cast of course helped make this a compelling view what with Miranda Richardson, Charles Dance, Sam Neill, Anna Maxwell Martin and several good actors I had not seen before in the ensemble. There were some extras included and here I was expecting to hear some comments on the thorny topic of its original title which was shockingly racist even in 1939 and was changed for the publication in the United States. The story is typical Christie, various people are invited to an isolated mansion on an island for a house party and one by one they are knocked off, that's all I'm saying. I was also thinking that maybe someone would raise the topic of Christie's alleged racism and anti-Semitism that has been poking its ugly head for years. To be fair there are many defenders of her along with her detractors and both sides can be found in ample supply on the net. My point of course is that not one word, sentence or comment was raised in any of the interviews concerning the controversies including one with her grandson, which led me to believe that the Christie foundation put its very influential foot down. So yes I will say see this version especially if you've never seen one of the previous films and for any of the backstory and controversy google baby google.


Blogger RosieP said...

Christie has been guilty of racism, anti-Semitism, and even class bigotry in her novels. But in this novel, only the title was uncomfortably racist. The character of Philip Lombard was also racist. But Christie portrayed his racism and religious bigotry as something ugly and negative.

Unfortunately, Sarah Phelps removed Lombard's bigotry and dumped it on the William Blore and Emily Brent characters. I think she and the BBC were trying to somewhat preserve Aidan Turner's screen image, due to his starring role on "POLDARK".

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