From academy award winning director john schlesinger comes a brilliantly witty film. Recently orphaned, flora ignores the sage advice of mrs. Smiley joanna lumley and moves to the country to live on a decrepit farm with her eccentric relatives. Originally broadcast on 1 january 1995 on the bbc, it was schlesingers final film. Since such comedies have become something of a rarity, thats all the more reason to cherish cold comfort farm, based on stella gibbons 1932 novel, a celebrated parody of gothic romance. Jan 21, 2008 cold comfort farm by stella gibbons paperback, 256 pages list price. But i am afraid the plum and apricot are a loss for this year. Appalled by the condition of the farm and by the many violent and brooding starkadders, flora determines to tidy up life at cold comfort farm. Released 1995, cold comfort farm stars kate beckinsale, sheila burrell, eileen atkins, ian mckellen the pg movie has a runtime of about 1 hr 44 min, and received a score of 82 out of 100 on. Cold comfort farm is a comic novel by english author stella gibbons, published in 1932. A popular and clever work, cold comfort farm was awarded the femina vie heureuse prize in 1933. The main character, flora poste, goes to live with family members she.
Cold comfort farm was first published by longmans in 1932, and was, according to the critic lynne truss, labelled middlebrow, to gibbonss disadvantage among the. Cold comfort farm is a 1932 parody of thomas hardy, the brontes, and d. Originally broadcast on 1 january 1995 on the bbc, it was schlesingers final film shot in his home country of britain, and was picked. Stella dorothea gibbons 19021989 was born in london. Oct 20, 2014 cold comfort farm was first published by longmans in 1932, and was, according to the critic lynne truss, labelled middlebrow, to gibbonss disadvantage among the critics. Cold comfort farm, comic novel by stella gibbons, published in 1932, a successful parody of regional and rural fiction by such early 20thcentury english writers as mary webb and d. Lawrence, and english literary culture between the wars, faye hammill, modern fiction studies 47. An aspiring author whos really not very good, flora winds up staying with her good friend joanna lumley, but only for a short while. A 1930s londoner kate beckinsale moves in with her odd rural kin.
Microsoft word cold comfort farm discussion questions. Without being too much of a busybody she inserts herself into her unknown relatives lives on cold comfort farm and literally transforms the farm and all the people on it. Cold comfort farm 1995 in this adaptation of the satirical british novel, flora poste kate beckinsale, a plucky london society girl orphaned at age 19, finds a new home with some rough. April 2003, retrieved 18 november 2012 a b c cold comfort farm, d. Cold comfort farm kate beckinsale sheila burrell eileen atkins 1996 rural british eccentrics change their ways under the influence of a chic cousin kate beckinsale from 1930s london. Kate beckinsale stars as flora poste, a london society girl. Mar 11, 2020 when sensible, sophisticated flora poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest sussex. Set in rural sussex of the 1920s flora beckinsale a sophisticated city girl, aspiring author and recent orphan finds herself at her nearest relatives rundown and. Set in rural sussex of the 1920s flora beckinsale a sophisticated city girl, aspiring author and recent orphan finds. Taking its name from a line in william shakespeares play king john 15961597, the farm is located.
Set primarily in sussex, england in the 1930s, cold comfort farm is a parody of late eighteenthearly nineteenth century agricultural literature, such as novels by d. The main character, flora poste, is reminiscent of jane austen and bronte heroines in many regards. At the aptly named cold comfort farm, she meets the doomed starkadders. John schlesinger reveals again his masterly touch in cold comfort farm, a deliciously eccentric comedy of manners, based on stella gibbons popular 1932 novel. A recently orphaned young woman goes to live with eccentric relatives in sussex, where she sets about improving their gloomy lives. Everyone on the gloomy farm is completely around the twist, but flora tries to sort everything out. Kate beckinsale plays miss flora poste, a recent orphan who has very little to her name. Cold comfort farm by stella gibbons, paperback barnes. Recently i heard the phrase something funny in the woodshed and i was back with cold comfort farm in an instant, looked at amazon, found the dvd and ordered it. A novelist, poet and shortstory writer, her first novel, cold comfort farm, won the femina vie heuruse prize for 1933.
This is a heartwarming comedy full of charm and clever satire. Starring kate beckinsale pearl harbor as flora poste, a london society girl, and joanna lumley absolutely fabulous as floras friend and mentor, this heartwarming comedy is full of charm and clever satire. See all of librarian nancy pearls undertheradar picks. Flora poste, orphaned at 19, chooses to live with relatives at cold comfort farm in sussex, where cows are named feckless, aimless, pointless, and graceless, and the proprietors, the dour starkadder family, are tyrannized by floras mysterious aunt, who controls the household from a locked room. Last week, i described cold comfort farm as a virtuoso sendup of early 20th century loam and love child books. It parodies the romanticised, sometimes doomladen accounts of rural life popular at the time, by writers such as mary webb. Cold comfort farm npr coverage of cold comfort farm by stella gibbons and lynne truss. Lawrence, with themes of pygmalion and the meddling of emma woodhouse thrown in, and jabs at eugene oneill, avant the starkadders are a mix of fire and brimstone religiosity, untrammeled sexual urges, pathological family ties, feigned mental illness, and general. Watching it again, in the company of my sister, i found it hilarious, so tongue in cheek, a sendup of all the books written in that era. Rent cold comfort farm 1995 starring eileen atkins and kate beckinsale on dvd and bluray. Cold comfort farm by stella gibbons paperback, 256 pages list price. Cold comfort farm is a british comedy based on stella gibbons book of the same name starring kate beckinsale, joanna lumley, ian mckellen, miriam margolyes and rufus sewell. Cold comfort farm isbn 0140001409 bbc the big read. The education bestowed on flora poste by her parents had been expensive, athletic and prolonged.
Dec 17, 20 last week, i described cold comfort farm as a virtuoso sendup of early 20th century loam and love child books. Cold comfort farm is a 1995 british comedy film directed by john schlesinger and produced by the bbc and thames television, an adaptation of stella gibbons 1932 book of the same name, the film stars kate beckinsale, joanna lumley, ian mckellen and rufus sewell. Screamingly funny and wildly subversive marian keyes, guardian the penguin classics edition of stella gibbonss cold comfort farm is introduced by lynne truss, author of eats, shoots and leaves. I hope the cold mornings and snow hasnt crippled her for this year. A hilarious and ruthless parody of rural melodramas and purple prose, cold comfort farm is one of the bestloved comic novels of all time. Cold comfort farm by stella gibbons read online on bookmate. Set in the 1940s, this story about a young orphaned girl who goes off to live with her distant relatives and bring. Read cold comfort farm, by stella gibbons online on bookmate in gibbonss classic tale, a resourceful young heroine finds herself in the gloomy, overwrought world of a hardy or bronte novel and pr. A hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas, cold comfort farm 1932 is one of the bestloved comic novels of all time.
Family, farm life, fiction, literature, rural families, families. What i liked about the film is the transformative nature of flora poste, beckinsales character. Amongst her other novels are miss linsey and pa, nightingale wood, westwood, conference at cold comfort farm, and beside the pearly water 1954. The girls are caught on private property, the land owner gives them the choice for police or his type of punishment. Set primarily in sussex, england, circa 1930s, cold comfort farm is a parody of late eighteenthearly nineteenth century agricultural literature, such as novels by d.
When flora poste visits her relatives in sussex, she encounters a collection of rustic eccentrics enmeshed. Flora finds cold comfort farm to be a ramshackle affair populated by eccentrics including the imperious ada doom sheila burrell, her daughter judith eileen atkins, judiths rough but handsome son seth rufus sewell, and amos ian mckellen, an amateur preacher whose sermonizing seems to release some kind of demons within him. How pleasant it would be to be a sensible old woman of adequate means who is not chasing about boys of 25 nor dieting nor having her lips rouged. Cold comfort farm by stella gibbons overdrive rakuten. With eileen atkins, kate beckinsale, sheila burrell, stephen fry. Cold comfort farm quotes showing of 85 one of the disadvantages of almost universal education was the fact that all kinds of persons acquired a familiarity with ones favorite writers. The girls bend over the gate as he pulls down their knickers with cane in hand and proceeds to cane each bare bottom girl. Cold comfort farm project gutenberg selfpublishing. Cold comfort farm by stella gibbons and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. The red maple has started putting on her red spring dress. Apr 07, 2011 11 videos play all cold comfort farm subs miss poste argw27. Rent cold comfort farm 1995 on dvd and bluray netflix. Cold comfort farm is a delightful tale based on the book of the same name.117 1116 965 314 948 1533 129 1621 498 692 134 1261 1276 694 820 1147 1258 361 1432 305 290 368 243 106 1274 525 1070 1156 1130 1632 957 629 1466 1497 251 652 538 1171 809 652 533 443 44 1361 1308 1206 384