The true loss of a great talent, Alan Rickman.

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When I read of Alan Rickman’s passing my first feeling was shock.  No, he is too young.  He has too many parts still to play.  It’s not fair.  I always hoped I would get to see him on stage.  I would have loved to see him doing Shakespeare, from all that I know of him he would have been magnificent as King Lear.

The first time I saw him I really did not see his features under the make up or the horrid fright wig he wore in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, it was his voice that stayed with me.  It was such a unique voice and though he was a bad guy, it was a wonderful, sexy voice.  It stayed with me.

Then four years later, my Mother and I wanted to do something anti-Superbowl, and I had just become obsessed with Jane Austen.  I fell in love with her writing from the TV mini series of Pride and Prejudice so when I heard that Emma Thompson, (who I admire a lot) had written and starred in Sense and Sensibility. I thought it would be a perfect balance to my thDad and brother taking over living room with the Superbowl. All through the movie the voice of Colonel Brandon drove me mad, I knew it and I had no idea from where.  As we drove home I realized who he played and in the middle of conversation on the drive home said, Robin Hood,  The Sheriff Nottingham, that is where I know him from.  I think I shocked my Mom a bit, but I always remember a voice.  And his was special.  I tried to watch everything he was in that I could.

 

The next film I saw was Galaxy Quest, he was hilarious as the egotistical actor playing an Alien in a Sci Fi show.  Then Love Actually, again like Sense and Sensibility he played the leading man type, you could see what he looked like.  Though his character had some issues he seemed to turn it around in the end.

I came late to Harry Potter, I did not start watching it till the third movie came out.  I started to read the books that year and fell in love with them.  Alan was perfect as Professor alan rickmanSnape. I saw the first two movies on video tapes, so I didn’t get the full effect of the Professor till third movie.  He was amazing as old Snape,  you just loved to hate him.  It was nice that you saw why he did it in the end, again the bad guy was shown as a good guy and redeemed at the end.

 

 

Outside of Harry Potter the last show I saw him on was The Song Of Lunch on PBS with Emma Thompson. It was a lyrical show very much the cycle of love.

There were a lot more movies of course but those are the ones that stood out.  He was a talented man, who was very diverse and special.  He was very well-loved and he will be so very missed by all of his fans.

I raise my wand for you Professor…

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What Gift did 84 Charring Cross Road Give Me?

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It is hard to look back at the movies you loved to see what influenced your life the most. I am a huge movie fan so there were so many movies that would fit that description.

I have always been the type of person to tie a movie in with a book it came from or that inspired the author. So for me a love reading and movies went hand in hand.

However there was a movie that I saw when I was in college that would have a deep influence on my love reading. That movie was 84 Charring Cross Road, Produced by Mel Brooks, Starring Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench.

 

 

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Before the movie I already had a love of English literature.  I grew up reading Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, Chaucer and Charles Dickens. I had my own vision of England from these books, and I was intrigued by all of it. One of my dreams was to walk around Bath to see the places of both Jane Austen and Agatha Christie.

Then I saw this movie and I fell in love with John Donne and English Poetry. Also I became fascinated by the streets of London. I wanted to walk the same that Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench walked.

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When I finally got there I thought of the movie and of course I went to 84 Charring Cross Road.  It was a Pub then but they had a plaque on the wall. I touched it and thought of all the people connected with that beloved movie.

I walked the streets of London, Bath, Stratford and stood by Stonehenge.  Some dreams do come true. And this one did come true for me. I cherish it.