Richard and Richard

So, I have been a bit out of it of late and there is a bit of catching up to do. What did I miss in Armitage-land the past few weeks?

The day of my father’s funeral The Crucible download became available – I think that’s the only Richard-thing that made it through the fog of the past few weeks. That night I started the download, went to bed and voilà, the next morning there it was, all downloaded and ready (I’m one of the lucky ones with a problem-free download, I realize now)! A few days later, by way of trying to get my mind set on other things, I watched some bits of The Crucible here and there – still so very powerful even on the small screen! I couldn’t take it all in on top of everything else, so I left it at that… the fog is clearing a bit, so I hope to watch it all again in its entirety soon!

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Other than that I now see that more has been going on in Armitage-land. There was “Nipple-gate” (is there really such harm in admiring the physical attributes of Mr. Armitage next to his acting talent?), what looks like the end of Hannibal filming, start up for filming Pilgrimage and announcement of further cast members (does anyone have any clue where in the Belgian Ardennes region the filming will take place?), the burial of Richard III (yes, I know that’s a different Richard, but there’s a link…) and yesterday Andy Serkis beating RA in the Empire awards acting category (maybe Richard didn’t win because I didn’t vote more than once?).

With all the talk of this Richard, honesty dictates me to say that the past week or so another, older Richard has re-captured my attention… he was possibly my first crush ever! I am speaking of Richard Chamberlain. I know, the mind boggles but I find that I still find him quite appealing. Let me explain how he popped up again after many many years…

In order to get my mind on more cheerful things my daughter and I went to see the new Cinderella film by Kenneth Branagh a week ago. In hindsight not the most cheerful choice as 3 (yes three!) parents die in this adaptation! Sigh… but it was still cheerful and happy enough and it made me think of my all-time favorite Cinderella film. I don’t think that film was very widely known; it was called “The Slipper and the Rose” starring… Richard Chamberlain! When I was about 7 years old I went to the cinema with my mother (and possibly some siblings and maybe even my father, I can’t remember) to see this film. Very saccharine in parts but also a lot of fun! Especially all the scenes at court with a scatterbrained King, a pompous Lord Chamberlain, and the scenes when the prince wants to be two people:

or dances on his ancestor’s graves:

And I do so enjoy the romance of that first dance the prince and Cinderella share:

We watched “The Slipper and the Rose” several times since then as a family, it must have been on German TV as we didn’t own a video recorder at the time. My father, not a movie lover by any means, simply adored the “Protocoligorically correct” song. It’s a very definite highlight of the film and I can still see him watching it with his nostrils quivering, as was his way when he was utterly amused!

So, yeah… Richard Chamberlain… I also remember loving him in The Thorn Birds and in Shogun that we watched as a family as well (yes, even my dad!). He was The Count of Monte Cristo, The Man in the Iron Mask and he was in The Four Musketeers. He even played Raoul Wallenberg, which I have seen once but never since. I really liked him in my early teens, I know my mother loved him (in hindsight he may have been ‘her’ Richard, just like Armitage is ‘mine’) and I know my dad liked watching the things he’d done. And when I researched Richard Chamberlain the other day I realized that he’s only 2 months younger than my dad, his 81st birthday is tomorrow! Wow.

So, for me watching some of Chamberlain’s work again, brings back fond memories of my dad. He links to my dad… just as Richard Armitage does in an Oedipus complex kind of way!

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7 thoughts on “Richard and Richard

  1. Glad to have you back blogging, Esther. Did you like the 2015 Cinderella? I took my 4 year old daughter and we both enjoyed it, especially the animal parts.

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    • Ha! As you should, being in the veterinary profession! 🙂
      I liked it though it can not replace The Slipper and the Rose for me. Also, I realize I am getting old when I find I fancy Cinderella’s dad more than the prince! My daughter (she’s 11) is not big on princesses and fairy tales, never has been, but after seeing the trailer did want to see the film and she really enjoyed it.

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  2. I think you know Richard Chamberlain was “my first Richard, too.” Aaaaw. I watched Shogun and The Thorn Birds again in the summer of 2012, nights, when mom was in the hospital, and they were just as wonderful as they were in the 1980s.

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    • Oh my goodness, yes, I think I do recall reading that! Wow on you watching it again with your mom in hospital, I haven’t re-watched Shogun yet, but have been watching parts of Thorn BIrds. Powerful to feel like it is connected to a parent somehow…

      So, you knew about The Slipper and the Rose or didn’t your affections reach that far? 😉

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  3. Shogun and Thorn Birds–two great classics! He is the King of Miniseries 🙂 I didn’t know about the Slipper and the Rose–thanks for the clips!

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  4. Sorry I’m late with replying. I loved Richard Chamberlain in the miniseries The Bourne Identity….yes he was Jason Bourne before Matt Damon. That was when I started to read the Bourne books. I’d like to watch that again some time. Thank you for reminding me 🙂 Oh an Thorn Birds… the first adult novel I read as a teen 🙂

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