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    Reader comments on Calendar Girls

    Subject: Re: The Women's Institute Movie - a reply
    Date: Apr 7, 2004
    Sender: Paul from Cracoe/RylstonePrevious | Next

    Sylvie - no, those views are real and for a piece of 'faction' they kept the spirit of the Dales: even down to the real local postman being used (remember the scene where the camera crews surround him as he is delivering the post?). The real villages are Rylstone and Cracoe, which are beautiful but did not have the setting needed for the film, so another further down the Dale was used.

    It was refreshing to see a part of Britain depicted with such care, avoiding the cliches. This can also be said of how the writers took a real life event and strayed to make it interesting to more than just the locals, but not too far to lose its essence - that is, a group of women who thought up something so contra to the image of the WI, gave everyone a smile and raised (and are still raising) a huge amount for charity. Perhaps it pricked some conciences around the world too. For example, in the USA in spite of its wealth, the amount given to charity per head of population is miniscule in comparison to what the average Briton or German gives. However, following the publicity, money is alleged to have increased to Leukemia foundations.

    So, a film that was not self-indulgent, depicted beauty (both landscape and people) and has helped others. Not bad for an industry based on materialism and the cult of the personality!

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    Response to this comment:
    The Women's Institute Movie

    The workmanship on all levels makes this film thoroughly engaging.

    This is one of those well crafted British films which makes me feel as if it's not a movie at all but a real place with real characters living irrespective of the film's audience.

    Those impossibly beautiful locations are in reality most likely marred by development of some kind but even knowing that I enjoyed the film's scenery enormously.






    Comment index:

  • The Women's Institute Movie   from Sylvie, Feb 10, 2004
  • » Re: The Women's Institute Movie - a reply «   from Paul from Cracoe/Rylstone, Apr 7, 2004
  • Re: The WIM - a reply to a reply   from sylvie, May 28, 2004
  • [no subject]   from , Feb 14, 2004
  • safe 4 da dor stop   from acces denid, Jul 26, 2004
  • calendar   from shirley bennett, Dec 20, 2004
  • Re: calendar   from CHARLES JOHNSON, Jul 19, 2005
  • cancer raising   from Irene van der Wal, Dec 25, 2010
  • The Women's Institute Movie   from Sylvie, Feb 10, 2004
  • » Re: The Women's Institute Movie - a reply «   from Paul from Cracoe/Rylstone, Apr 7, 2004
  • Re: The WIM - a reply to a reply   from sylvie, May 28, 2004
  • [no subject]   from , Feb 14, 2004
  • safe 4 da dor stop   from acces denid, Jul 26, 2004
  • calendar   from shirley bennett, Dec 20, 2004
  • Re: calendar   from CHARLES JOHNSON, Jul 19, 2005
  • cancer raising   from Irene van der Wal, Dec 25, 2010