A Retake Please!: Night Mail to Western Approaches - download pdf or read online

By Pat Jackson

ISBN-10: 0853239436

ISBN-13: 9780853239437

This memoir is an strange contribution to the historical past of movie and cinema. At its centre is the tale of the making of the British movie vintage Western techniques, the 1st tale documentary in Technicolor, absolutely enacted by way of amateurs. It used to be nominated for the easiest movie from any resource Oscar.

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No nineteen-year-old could have been having a better time than I was. Dinner was a trip to the cookhouse, astern. We were handed a fresh mackerel, cooked in batter, which we ate in our fingers, throwing the scraps up to the gulls. These were experiences to be cherished for a lifetime and I was being paid. Not much, perhaps, but to be paid for a training can’t be bad. Another job Bill Blewett found himself was on a long liner, a small craft converted from the dying pilchard fleet. Sanctions had been imposed by Anthony Eden on Italy, which was the chief customer of Cornwall’s pilchards.

Neither of us much fancied our chances of getting our ‘Certificat d’Etudes Franc¸aises’. We tried to make a fair balance between work and play, and then the snow fell and the balance tilted towards play. There was a little place in the nearby mountains, Alpe d’Huez. The skiing was very good, one of the lodgers said, and she knew the farmer there who had a large barn, and he was prepared to let the students sleep in the hay loft, above the cows. His was the only farm there, apparently. So, off we went.

Down goes the arm. The ground net sweeps it away. The train’s net is lowered; ahead are the hanging pouches. Shooting through the mesh of the waiting net, we see the pouches gathered and swept on to the floor of the van. It all worked splendidly. The visuals were safely in the can. The men came down to the studio, we recorded their voices and they fitted the picture very well. Nobody would know that their voices had been laid on afterwards. But, there was a problem. How to get rail beats to fit the counting and the finger movements of the trainee.

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