MichaelBully, on 13 April 2012 - 02:17 PM, said:
Hello Melvin, I have watched 'Testament of Youth' on 'You Tube'. I was impressed by the series. I have a couple of minor criticisms, firstly that the actors playing, Edward Brittain, Roland Leighton, Geoffrey Thurlowe, Victor Richardson, however talented, were so much older than the characters they played. A central theme of 'Testament of Youth' is that Vera Brittain was writing from 1929-1933 about how the sacrifices her generation of young people had to make so this emphasis got a bit a lost.
Secondly, Vera is portrayed as being a bit dizzy when responding to war breaking out. Her diary as featured in 'Chronicle of Youth' shows that Vera had a very decent grasp of international politics.
But overall yes, agree that the BBC adaptation has a lot going for it. There is a version of 'Testament of Youth' in the making at present.
Yes, you are probably right about the ages of the male characters, and about Vera's understanding of what the war was about, but compared with the liberties taken in some films and TV adaptations these days, a little bit of artistic licence is acceptable, I think.
On a television production note, there was a remarkable scene where Vera is walking along the beach with Roland Leighton, just before he leaves for France. It must last for several minutes, and was clearly filmed in one sequence. For the actors to portray that scene in one take, and for nobody to appear at sea in the background and spoil the shot, is quite remarkable.