Created on 11 May 2015

Locations Recently Identified

Sharp eyes continue to resolve some of our mysteries:

Dead of Night 001 to 003 – Miles Branscombe

Carry on Teacher 002 – Mike Bird, an ex-pupil, has corrected our caption stating that the school used was Drayton Secondary Modern School not Drayton Green Primary School as we had it shown.

The Smashing Bird I used to Know 023 – Peter Brown

Monty Python and the Meaning of Life  015 – Dave Wilson

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 009 – Dave Wilson

Thank you all for taking the trouble to get in touch and add to our fount, font if you prefer, of knowledge.

 
Created on 26 April 2015

Further locations identified

It is very pleasing that the steady stream of interest and identifications continue to flow. Here are the latest:

Attack on the Iron Coast  017 – Greg Chapman

Notting Hill 026 – Peter

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 004 – Colin S

Dead of Night 006 and 007 – Rob Beckwith

The Blue Lamp 003 – Teresa Stokes

Thank you all once again for the interest and taking the trouble to keep us up to date.

 
Created on 22 April 2015

World Without End - less Errors

Having just watched part one of the highly hyped mini-series “World Without End” I am amazed by the amount of money, some $ 46,000,000, spent on the production and the obvious lack of understanding of the necessary details required to produce an art work supposedly reflecting life in early medieval England. Let us leave aside the language, and even the modern idioms, phrases and catchwords, employed one supposes in order to appeal to an ever younger audience, such jargon is perhaps excusable even if not acceptable. However some of the smaller details which the director overlooked or had no knowledge of, include the following trivia, mistakes, errors or gaffs; The film opened with a shot of the back of a knight’s head and shoulders. The mail protection was never so clean, there was no method of plating or painting, it was always discoloured, tarnished, oxidized and rusty, which was occasionally cleaned off by rubbing with sand or gravel. Nuns with eyeliner and lipstick, even now are rare, except perhaps in one’s dreams, and in 1375 were non existent. The “witch” cuts up her herbs with a stainless steel knife, showing reflections, some 500 years before the invention of such cutlery. The two brothers fight with shiny swords, impossible, except in science fiction. “May the force be with you”. The heraldic devices, the shield shapes, emblazoned on tabard fronts and horses rumps are totally incorrect. The pattern of the original designs, rectangular for banners, had to be compressed into the area of the shield, as this was often the first method of identification of friend, or foe. The shield shape was not then reused on other items, surcoats or caparisons, only the GLC in their lack of wisdom, apart from film directors, ever used a shield shape on a flag, rather than a flag design on a shield. The six meter drop when one of the villains was hanged would have pulled his head off, and the hangman’s knot used in the mass execution on a bridge was not introduced until the late 1800’s, and was intended as a more humane way of execution, breaking the neck and severing the spinal cord, rather than causing death by slow strangulation. The witch’s dress which was undone to the waist is carefully re-stitched prior to her demise. The cleanliness of the beautifully cobbled streets is totally unrealistic, mud was the order of the day liberally mixed with odure and other unpleasant refuse. Street or “crossing” sweepers didn’t arrive on the scene until late Victorian times. Highly polished brass cauldrons over a wood fire, impossible, more likely an iron pot, blackened with soot. Did ordinary folk, even merchants, have clean linen sheets and pillowcases I wonder? All the interiors are shown in highly coloured yellow, accurately cut and smooth, “sandstone”, not the grey “granite” style rocks that were actually used. No evidence, despite hundreds of candles, open fires and trays of burning oils, “Egyptian” style, of smoke discoloration or blackening. And as for those same walls having huge carved heraldic panels, foolishness and lack of knowledge becomes laughable. Sealing wax with a central wick? Again an absolute lack of understanding of this early period. Mr Follet, the author, if dead, would, and should, turn in his grave. Maybe “Errors Without End” would be a more fitting title for the first tranche of this eight hour saga. However the success of the production is assured by virtue of the vast publicity budget. How much was spent on the actual production, and how much was spent on promotional hype and spin one wonders? Obviously very little was spent on historical advisors. I’m told that, if packaged, promoted and marketed efficiently, even manure can be sold at a profit. I rest my case. John Tunstill www.reelstreets.com PS. I’m sure there will be more errors as, or if, the series unfolds.

 
Created on 14 April 2015

Romeo & Juliet (1968)

Masayuki Sasao particularly likes this film and wanted to visit the locations in Italy. After some research he realised that there were no indications about the church square of the film and started to examine the scenes in detail himself to find out the location. When he realised that the wall constructions were duplicated he began to realise that the square was an open air set at the Cinecittà, the Italian Hollywood. View his research and reasoning here.

 

 
Created on 10 April 2015

Dogsbody

Could “Make Mine Mink” contain another clue, or set of clues, in the on-going saga of the Cinema of Darkness? Did Dogsbody, who is believed to have owned a Standard 8, manage to insert it into this film in some ten scenes.

We know that Dogsbody lived in a mansion block in Hammersmith, we know that he was in the film industry, and we believe that numbers of young women went missing in towns where British feature films were being made and where, in all probability, Dogsbody was on the film crew.

We know that no murder enquiries were ever launched, that no crime scenes were ever identified and that no bodies were ever found. Missing persons files were opened, but nothing more.

Who was Dogsbody and which property, I hear you ask. Look at the Cinema of Darkness and maybe you can help us find more clues to this cinematographic mystery.  Or maybe you'd like to invest in the production of the film, or even adopt it as a media project in one or more educational establishments, or possibly take the script and act as an agent.

Let us know.

 
Created on 08 April 2015

Film Locations Identified

Even the Easter Holiday does not divert those keen eye's, here are the latest:

O Lucky Man 009 – Kathy B

Tiger Bay 002a to 003f – Jez Jones

Say Hello to Yesterday 015, 016 and 017 – Peter Brown

Amazing Grace 024 – Ian Davidson

The Fourth Protocol 004 and 005 – Lisa N

Psychomania 011 012 and 015 – Andy Greenland

Daybreak 009 – Martin Botting

Thanks to you all.