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Title Memento Mori (1992) : BBC adaptation of a Muriel Spark novel / director:Jack Clayton ; screenplay by Alan Kelley, Jeanie Sims, Jack Clayton ; producer: Louis Marks.

Published United States :, [between 2010 and 2015]


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Physical description 1 videodisc (99 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
polychrome rdacc
Notes Based on the novel by Muriel Spark.
Performers Cast: Maggie Smith (Mrs Mabel Pettigrew); Michael Hordern (Godfrey Colston); Renée Asherson (Charmian Colston); Stephanie Cole (Dame Lettie Colston); Thora Hird (Jean Taylor); Maurice Denham (Guy Leet)
Summary A group of old people is being frightened by mysterious phone calls. Due to their selective amnesia a malicious caller interrupts their respectful and often amusing lives: 'remember, you must die,' says the voice, which, understandably, upsets those receiving the call. Meetings are held and a retired detective comes to assist. Old relationships and sordid pasts are gradually and carefully revealed creating a tension with the character's own present and the false identity they cling on to with wrinkled fingers. There is also a more touching tension that of their inevitable and certain future. Those characters that are comfortable with the caller and his message are branded senile, suggesting a feeling of contempt that Spark has for her main characters and their secretive and silly lives. This is a cleverly constructed adaptation of the novel. It is dark but often light too. There is a delightful sense of irony, and the investigations that attempt to discover the caller's identity give the play a distinct touch of the Agatha Christie mystery.
Original Version Originally produced: London : BBC, BBC-TV, 1992.
System notes DVD-R ; NTSC ; Region all.
Other author Clayton, Jack, 1921-1995, director, screenwriter.
Marks, Louis, producer.
Kelley, Alan, screenwriter.
Sims, Jeanie, screenwriter.
Smith, Maggie, 1934- actor.
Hordern, Michael, 1911-1995, actor.
Asherson, Renee, 1915-2014, actor.
Spark, Muriel. Memento mori.
British Broadcasting Corporation, production company.
British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service, production company.
Subject Spark, Muriel. Memento mori -- Film adaptations.
Older people -- Drama.
Invective -- Drama.
Practical jokes -- Drama.
Telephone -- Drama.
Television plays -- Great Britain.
Television programs -- Great Britain.
Feature films -- Great Britain.