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Started by HouseOfLametta on May 25, 2019 10:57:39 PM
Summer Of Rockets

Stephen Poliakoff presents a lavish period tale of intrigue and etiquette, class and conspiracy, in a highly saturated, lusciously drawn world you never quite believe or care about.

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HouseOfLametta - 25 May 2019 22:58:24 (#1 of 61)

Nice hats.

Verdigris - 25 May 2019 22:59:14 (#2 of 61)

Old motors.

HouseOfLametta - 25 May 2019 23:04:21 (#3 of 61)

Mainly standard steel Rolls. An interesting cat's eye Mulliner.

Struggling to care about the people.

randomfragments - 26 May 2019 07:00:45 (#4 of 61)

Poliakoff has produced so many disappointing ones since his outstanding trio of Shooting The Past, Perfect Strangers and The Lost Prince that some's eyes glaze over nowadays.

A shame, because this is the best thing he's done for 16 years. Intellectual, emotional and imaginative pull.

yumyum - 26 May 2019 07:25:16 (#5 of 61)

That last post has made me want to watch it.

HouseOfLametta - 26 May 2019 08:44:34 (#6 of 61)

I’m not getting the emotional pull, I have to say. It’s a curious and good looking thing though.

Verdigris - 26 May 2019 09:11:25 (#7 of 61)

I shall carry on with it, for the reminiscence value, as much as anything.

randomfragments - 26 May 2019 09:57:43 (#8 of 61)

He's managed to garner some much better opening reviews for this than for some of his other recent offerings, too - very encouraging one here.

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/may/26/hatton-garden-summer-of-rockets-gentleman-jack-review

I think it's because he's more directly writing about himself, and his own background. That worked very well in Perfect Strangers too.

HouseOfLametta - 26 May 2019 10:00:39 (#9 of 61)

His people are never remotely believable, but that’s part of the appeal. A sort of instagram reality.

randomfragments - 26 May 2019 10:02:03 (#10 of 61)

In this case I believed them more ; most of all his father, and also the girl. His father really did do this job, apparently.

carterbrandon - 26 May 2019 10:02:28 (#11 of 61)

#9: I suppose there's always been a lot of photographic filtering.

HouseOfLametta - 26 May 2019 10:04:54 (#12 of 61)

His dad was Aleksandr Meerkat?

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HouseOfLametta - 26 May 2019 10:09:21 (#14 of 61)

What’s the difference between an emigre and a refugee?

FrankieTeardrop - 26 May 2019 10:10:55 (#15 of 61)

About 10 million dollars.

HouseOfLametta - 26 May 2019 10:11:43 (#16 of 61)

Ah.

randomfragments - 26 May 2019 10:16:35 (#17 of 61)

To complete the earlier post in correct sequence, a meerkat in smoking jacket and emigre inventor.

His dad was some sort of political refugee from Russia, who also invented hospital pagers, as far as I gather it. A lot of pre and post war jewish people coming to the UK were described as emigres, romantically focusing on a change in culture rather than flight, but I suppose, particularly in the case of people leaving fascist occupation, the difference is in semantics.

I've incidentally often seen some of the kindertransport jewish refugees described as emigres, and they came here with nothing.

RosyLovelady - 26 May 2019 10:19:09 (#18 of 61)

Only the ones who became individually famous are called emigres, surely.

randomfragments - 26 May 2019 10:21:19 (#19 of 61)

Heinz Wolff, the BBC's pet scientist with straggly hair, was called an emigre a lot.

FrankieTeardrop - 26 May 2019 10:22:56 (#20 of 61)

How many times?

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