Honey's Treasures

Honey's Treasures

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Handful of Dust

Last night we watched: A Handful of Dust.  Set in the 1930's it tells the story of Tony and Brenda Last.  They live in his family mansion, Hetton Abbey, which is an example of Victorian Gothic architecture.  An acquaintance of the husband whose name is John Beaver, invites himself to Hetton for a short visit.  John and Brenda begin an affair which concludes with a bleak and tragic ending for Tony.  I really don't want to tell too much more in case someone decides to rent it.  Kristin Scott Thomas, Angelica Huston, Judi Dench and Alec Guinnes are the movie stars I'm familiar with that star in it. 

The title of the movie is an allusion to T.S. Eliot's 1922 poem The Waste Land.
I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

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