If my son came home in a tutu and said he was a girl, I honestly wouldn’t care. For two reasons. First, Stanleys are always the best at everything they do, and if a boy of mine wants to be a girl then he’s going to be the prettiest little princess in the whole damn school. Second, I’d know it was just a fad. Next week he’ll believe he’s a choo-choo train. Children have no sense of time: they think how you feel now is how you’ll feel forever. Adults know everything comes and goes.
If any one place manifests the English imagination, it has to be Whitby in Yorkshire. Tonight is Halloween and the graveyard of St Mary’s Church will be crawling with kids in plastic fangs, marking the spot where Dracula bit Lucy in Bram Stoker’s novel. And over the wall, by the edge of the sea, stands the even spookier skeleton of Whitby Abbey – a casualty of the Reformation begun by Martin Luther exactly 500 years ago. Call it “family history”.
It’s hard not to take this personally. When a Today programme host calls Thought for the Day “deeply, deeply boring,” he’s talking about me. Literally. Tomorrow at 6am, I’ll get up, pull clothes over my pyjamas, take a taxi to Tunbridge Wells and be ready to talk God at 7.47am. “Good morning, Tim,” John Humphrys will say. And I’m tempted to blow a rude, ripe raspberry down the microphone. People can’t seem to agree on why they dislike Thought for the Day.
Nevertheless, dare I say, the artistic qualities of the movie are obvious and its anti-racism still affecting. This was made nearly 100 years ago in the context of Nazism & the Klan - and still feels touchingly idealistic.
The propaganda is, sadly, betrayed by the offscreen reality. The great Jewish actor Solomon Mikhoels sings in Yiddish to the baby, but when Stalin unleashed an anti-Semitic terror after the war, Mikhoels was murdered. His part was cut from the film.
A Soviet curio: the lullaby scene from 1936 movie Circus. A single white mother with a black child flees racism in America & follows the circus to Russia. At its climax, the cast sings to her baby in every language of the USSR. https://t.co/JlNGTXRIln
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