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13 April 2009 @ 06:27 pm
and while I'm here, Little Dorrit part 3  
Not much to say about Little Dorrit this week--though I continue to love it, and am disappointed when it ends every week--except that I'd suspected that part of my problem with William Dorrit is that he is more or less King Lear, and this week pretty much confirmed that. And my desire to punch him in the face from last week has now spread to the rest of Amy's family, except for Frederick. (I love him, and his big dramatic moment this week.)

Part of me is amused by how much work it must be to constantly have grates and windowpanes and fences on hand to shoot the characters through (the icon sort of illustrates this, though not fantastically), but it *is* an effective visual metaphor, and it was interesting to see those open shots this week, in which Amy is looking up, up at an Italian forest shot through with light, or a frescoed ceiling--especially in contrast with the grayish, washed-out world of the Marshalsea and its surroundings. And especially given how *brief* those shots are, how seldom they're given prominence before we're back to seeing Amy through a leaded window, or looking down on her from above while she's trapped between columns.
 
 
 
stoplookingupstoplookingup on April 14th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
How many parts are there, anyway? I'm only halfway through part 2.
tempestsarekind: arthur clennam [little dorrit]tempestsarekind on April 14th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure! I think the whole miniseries was done in sixteen half-hour blocks (as with Bleak House), but I'm not sure how many parts PBS has decided to break the whole thing up into.

(Oh, wait--the Masterpiece website says that it's running through April 26, with five parts. The first one was 120 minutes, the rest 90.)

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/schedule/masterpiece_classic_schedule.pdf