Sunday, April 21, 2013

Here is film "Wodehouse in Exile" broadcast by BBC4 on 25 March 2013

I viewed the film and confess I found it very good, funny and reflecting the wit and humor of PGW (*). The thread is logical and may appeal to rational thinking. But I am uneasy now with what we wrote with Frederic and Philip which is also true. So I must find with your help means to make the two visions coherent. My cousin Guy gives what he recollects from talking with his father, my uncle Harold. Harold said they had suffered hell at the fortress of Huy in Belgium. At Tost where they spent the most of their internment, he didn't suffer badly exept fot the lack of freedom. He himself spent most of the time reading. When he was liberated in 1945, what broke him was the fact that Allen his son born in 1922, died just after his liberation from Dachau concentration camp, where he had been interned since mid 1944. He and his wife went every day to hotel Lutetia boulevard Raspail to scrutinize the list of men liberated and coming back to Paris. You can imagine their torture.... Suite...

(*) This is my subjective impression on viewing the film; it is loosely related to the reality of war. The film focuses on Wodehouse and his treason, presenting him as a nice and sensitive man, an artist, humourous but naive, manipulated by the Germans to broadcast to the US in order that they not enter the war. The sequences of the film on Tost internment camp are only a small part of the film.

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