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Brimstone And Treacle (1976)

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Published on Mar 8, 2012

'There resides infinitely more good in the demonic than in the trivial man.'
Kierkegaard

Banned for eleven years, Dennis Potter felt the only way his brilliant, almost Dostoyevskian dark fantasy would get seen at all was by remaking it in 1982 with Sting playing the role of the Mephistopheles-like central character, replacing the superbly slimy and supercilious Michael Kitchen, and Denholm Elliott reprising his role. It was originally made for the Play For Today series, amongst which can be found many of Potter's best works. You can maybe see why it was withheld for so long- it was hardly The Good Life- but that doesn't diminish its achievements. Rarely are moral stories put together this concisely and economically. You'll usually find a bit of pussyfutting, or fudging, or heavy-handedness evident, but in the course of these 73 minutes there's hardly a misplaced line to be heard. Dennis Potter, despite being a shamelessly self-indulgent lech, had a real knack for restraining himself just enough to let the story unfold the way it needs to. Well, generally.

Another great work of his, Blue Remembered Hills, can also be found on Youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQzbS7...

I own none of the rights. Do make sure you buy a copy of this on DVD if you enjoyed it. It contains some great extras, including several Potter interviews and "Did You See", a discussion show in which they mull over the banning and subsequent resurrection of the original and, in my mind, much darker and superior version of Brimstone & Treacle.


Other Potter works I've uploaded:

Stand Up, Nigel Barton (1965): http://youtu.be/HMn5cr0kPKs

Vote Vote Vote For Nigel Barton (1965): http://youtu.be/RD8zuTLfq48

Son of Man (1969): http://youtu.be/yzL2hDYQgaQ

Where Adam Stood (1976): http://youtu.be/kvFGR3osjRk

Blade on the Feather (1980): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf9_D0...

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