30 June 2020 | boblipton
Absent-Minded Beggars Remember What They're Fighting For
Saxons fighting Norman oppressors; the Spanish Armada; Napoleon; the Great War. It's all there in this small village, far from the octopus that is London, where the streets are always the same, the faces are often the same through the centuries -- Emlyn Williams, John Clements, and Constance Cummings -- and the struggle is for the land, the only thing worth having, a part of the people, the damnable land you wear your heart out on. There's nothing else to be remembered but the land, and a snatch of Shakespeare: RICHARD II act. 2, scene one. It's not King, it's not country, it's a little patch of farmland that's torment to hold, and farm, and build a life on. A home.
It all ends on a bit of poetry, because that's the way a movie like this is supposed to end. Except that the fight never will end.