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Now streaming on Amazon is “An Inspector Calls,” which is probably the most profound and emotional story I’ve seen in my life. Frankly, I never heard of it before. Written by J. B. Priestley, it was apparently a play first performed in Moscow in 1945 and then in the UK in 1946 and has been on stage multiple times. I guess according to Wikipedia, it’s hailed as a classic. Apparently, it’s been in film and television also throughout the years.
The story is set in 1912 and revolves around a rich cotton mill owner Mr. Birling. They are at home at dinner with his wife, son, daughter, and her fiance. After dinner, a gentleman arrives at the door and introduces himself as Inspector Goole from the police. He is led into the dining room where Mr. Birling and his son and Mr. Croft are talking, while the ladies are in the parlor.
It begins with him asking Mr. Birley if he recognizes a woman in a picture that he shows him, and he denies knowing her. When pressured why the questions, he states that she has committed suicide and he’s investigating the circumstances that lead up to her death. Naturally, Mr. Birley asks what does this have to do with us? Eventually, he confesses that she did work at his factory and the story begins.
Well, I cannot tell you the rest because it would ruin it for you. I think I gasped a few times, got overly emotional, felt my own shame at the end, and sat there dumbfounded after the show ended. So what’s it all about? Here’s a short quote that might give you a hint:
We don’t live alone upon this earth. We are responsible for each other. And if mankind will not learn that lesson then the time will come when he will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.
You’ll discover, too, that Inspector Goole isn’t everything he appears to be.
I highly recommend it because he stabs the audience at the core. It’s also intertwined with the classes of society, how we deal with each other, and the outcome of our actions that can affect others.
It’s currently streaming on Amazon Prime for free.
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Stars: Gemma Arterton, Hans Matheson, Ruth Jones, Jodie Whittaker, Eddie Redmayne and others.
Type: BBC Television Series
People complain about The Price of Innocence being a book that touts the message “life is a bitch and then you die,” well you can add this story to the list. Talk about depressing. This is BBC’s four-hour adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s book (which I have not read, by the way).
It was one of those stories that breaks your heart through the majority of the series, as you watch young Tess struggle through a life of poverty during the Victorian era. She could have been a woman of potential in spite of her lot in life, but bad choices, poor circumstances, and the men she encounters is enough to make you go for a Skinny Cow after the bag of popcorn.
I found it to be well portrayed in acting, setting, and costumes. I must say you get caught up in each of the character’s lives. You feel terribly sorry for Tess’ life and struggle of survival. I found myself becoming very angry at her unforgiving husband, who frankly I blamed just as much for the outcome of her life. As far as the man who manipulates her to destruction, well, I could have killed him too.
If you can handle the outcome of the story, it’s a good watch. But if you’re looking for an uplifting story to leave you feeling great, move on elsewhere. Otherwise, you’ll overeat during this sitting. It’s hard to toss a TV across the room because the story dragged you down.
I’ll skip the favorite character, lines, and scenes in this one.