Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Armando Iannucci in Milton's Heaven and Hell

Armando Iannucci in Milton's Heaven and Hell - BBC Documentary (2009).

An entertaining and enthusiastic celebration of Milton's well-known, seldom read, epic poem, Paradise Lost. Iannucci has a genuine and contagious love for the poem. His readings, while holding dog-eared and broken backed editions, are surprisingly revelatory. He transfuses fresh hot blood into the language.

His ambulatory reading and gloss on these famous lines - around 7:46 - goes from political double-speak to the concentration camps in a flash. 

A mind not to be chang'd by Place or Time.
The mind is its own place, and in it self
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.

For me, it was the hook. After that, I was in for the duration of the documentary.

The best online Paradise Lost is at Dartmouth:

The best audio book is narrated by Simon Vance:

Also, Iannuci's Death of Stalin is brilliant. And, of course, Veep is well-acclaimed.

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