Re: Hornblower Movies

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Posted by MMMMarcia on April 12, 1999 at 16:23:31:

In Reply to: Re: Hornblower Movies posted by Pat on April 12, 1999 at 13:44:05:

Pat wrote:
: I haven't seen Titanic (Ok, I know, I know. I should see it - just haven't been in the mood for it).

Having seen it several times in the theater, and owning the video, I can tell you that it is NOT the same on the small screen. Leo is a great young actor to be sure, BUT...the star of Titanic is definitely the SHIP, and it must be seen on the big screen to be really appreciated. Hope you get to watch it that way some day.

: The lead's name in Hornblower is Ioan Gruffudd. I am guessing he is from Wales and the first name is pronounce "Owen." Anyone know?

Thanks. I could not remember the spelling, but remembered it was something unusual. I wish those Welsh & Celtic names and words came with pronunciation guides for the unlearned (like ME!) I'll never forget my surprise to find out that Siobhan was pronounced Che-von. And, of course, there's the Ceilidh/Kay-Lee. I need a good reference for these things. Got any recommendations (anybody)?

: Marcia, you are right about the actor who plays the Captain, Sir Edward Pellew. He is superb! I don't know his name or what else he has played in, but he is great.

I noticed his name last night, then promptly forgot it! Ack!! Senility strikes again! But I think he's so good at playing the stern taskmaster who goes to great lengths to disguise his obvious fondness for his "protege." You can see it twinkling in his eyes once in awhile & in the beginnings of a smile. He's a bit like a father who doesn't want his son to find out how proud he is. And is it just me, or does he look a lot like an older Kevin Spacey?

And talk about a frightening form of warfare! Imagine two ships pulling up side by side, nearly touching, and then just opening up a barrage of canonfire at each other! Yikes. Guess the winner is simply the one that stays afloat longer. Though the film isn't particularly graphic, it still made me think the men who fought & died in battles of that sort must have been pretty brave fellows.

Anyway, for those of you who have not been following this series, they are really 4 complete movies that can stand alone, pretty much. Though it's nice to understand the background as the tale progresses, you can still jump in and catch the last two. (And probably even last night's when it is shown again Tuesday or Wednesday.)


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