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Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence January 12, 2016

Filed under: David Bowie,Films,World War II — Janet @ 2:25 pm

I along with millions of others feel saddened by the death of David Bowie.  A rare talent.  When I first heard the news, I thought of the film Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.  Not a film I saw – too painful a subject.  But I have read the Laurens Van Der Post books on which the film was based.   Now I have learned so much more about this multi-talented rock icon.




3 Responses to “Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence”

  1. Su Leslie Says:

    Like you, I was deeply upset to hear of David Bowie’s death, and I also thought of Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence! I have seen the film, and because some of it was filmed in New Zealand with local extras, I knew a few people who were in it. As a film it’s patchy and I don’t think it represents Bowie at his acting best, but it has a wonderful soundtrack by Ryuchi Sakamoto, who also played Captain Yonoi. David Sylvian recorded a vocal version of the tune “Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence” called “Forbidden Colours” and I’ve often wondered why Bowie didn’t sing it instead?

    • mlegan Says:

      Coincidentally, I just bought this book a few weeks ago, a Kindle bargain. Have you seen The Railwayman? I didn’t care for it as a film, seemed like it left the interesting parts of the story out and was too disjointed.

  2. Su Leslie Says:

    I haven’t seen the Railway Man; I saw the trailer and thought I probably couldn’t sit through that much overt violence — not even for Colin Firth! I haven’t read the book either, but I was in the UK when it came out and remember hearing a radio interview with Eric Lomax. It was a very moving. I find as I get older that I avoid reading about or watching violence. I’m not sure if it’s a “head in the sand” thing, or just self-preservation in a world that seems to have adapted to levels of casual violence that once (in my childhood) would have been unacceptable. I know that historically now is probably not abnormal, but perhaps my childhood was particularly safe.

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