Talking Heads - The Complete Talking Heads details
|Starring:||Maggic Smith, Alan Bennett, Maureen Lipman, Thora Hird|
|Studio:||2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO|
Talking Heads - The Complete Talking Heads - Disc 1
|TBC Disc 1|
Talking Heads - The Complete Talking Heads - Disc 2
|TBC Disc 2|
Talking Heads - The Complete Talking Heads - Disc 3
|TBC Disc 3|
|Run time:||7 hours 8 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 Oct 2005|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Delicate, moving, amazing drama...By S.C.M-R from Buckinghamshire, UK , 10 Sep 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Alan Bennett's twelve monologues have inspired me ever since I saw the first one...they are simply fantastic and I can't recommend them highly enough.
It's the subtle way that each of the intricate, moving and delicate stories unfold around each of the characters, the way that scenes are played out in the viewers head, means that there is no need for the vulgarity of images to describe the emotions coming from the screen. Because of this 'one-to-one' performance technique, watching an episode is rather like reading a wonderful book, each reader/viewer's 'minds-eye view' is completely different from the next, because so much of the action that is being described to us takes place in each of our own unique imaginations, and won't 'look' the same to the person sitting next to you hearing the same words.
And what stories...for there is every nuance of emotional history portrayed beatifully on screen, twisting and turning, amusing and shocking, all the intricately woven layers told so beautifully by such an accomplished cast.
Waiting the ten years or so between series one and two was difficult, and now having to wait so long for a DVD of both series feels like it's taken forever, but I know it will be worth it! I don't understand the reason Maureen Lipman is mentioned in the cast, as she wasn't part of the original line up of the ten most wonderful performers (Julie Walters and Thora Hird got to 'do' two completely different characters each in each series, magnificently - as always).
So, is there a series three out there somewhere in Alan Bennett's head, it would certainly be worth the wait...even if it is for another ten years!
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Alan Bennett puts Gordon to shame!By CheekyMoo (10 reviews) , 08 Sep 2013How can you not give this full marks?! Brilliantly written, fantastic performances by all the actors involved, with specific emphasis on the monologues by the late great Thora Hird. Even though we rented the entire works, I only wish there were more. .
Amazing acting, writing and insight into human relationships.By Spectator (52 reviews) , 05 Jun 2013For me, the best of all was the acting. Without exception it was excellent. So much was communicated by a wistful look, a tilt of the head, a tiny inflection of the voice. Again, for me the stand out episode was that featuring David Craig. He is wasted on comedies, his performance here was outstanding. A word of warning, most of these have a sad and some tragic endings. Did it pass the 'Did my wife stay awake throughout' test? Most definitely.
A visual educationBy a customer , 21 Nov 2011I did really enjoy watching 'Talking heads' but i found it a bit much to watch all the monologues at one time! However each subject is very deep and very though-provocking, and you can learn a lot from Bennett.
casual AlBy rentonsewell (25 reviews) from YORK , 14 Feb 2010Alan Bennett is just such a fantastically observant writer he writes almost as if he is conversing,, yet he manages to be funny and see the absurdity in our lives,, he is an incredible talent and I feel after Pinter and Dennis Potter he is our most valued national treasure, and easily the best living writer England has,, and these little operas of the soul are a testimony to his stature and consistency,, thanks Al for making it look so easy,,
Worth seeingBy Janelle (8 reviews) from Tottenham Hale , 23 Apr 2009Amazing writing, amazing performances. Could have done without the disk that was just the playwright performing, but the other disks more than made up for it.