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John Sergeant’s Brief Encounter With Mandelson’s Travolta Politics

by | 20th, November 2008

JOHN Sergeant has fallen on his Strictly Come Dancing stiletto. It’s all so very serious. And we’ve seen it all before.

The middle-class cinema-going public may have lapped up “Brief Encounter”, but shortly before its official premiere in November 1945 its director, David Lean, had tried it out on a distinctly working-class audience in Rochester, where he was filimg “Great Exprectations”.
The cinema, as Lean soon discovered, was full of sailors from the nearby Chatham dockyards. “At the first love scene one woman down in the front started to laugh. I’ll never forget it. At the second love scene it got worse. And then the audience caught on and waited for her to laugh and they all joined in and it ended in an absolute shambles. They were rolling in the aisles.”

David Kynaston, “Austerity Britain, 1945-51”.

Meanwhile, in what passes for the real world:

“He has become the people’s Jon Travolta” – Peter Mandelson

“I’m just devastated. Strictly will not be the same” – David Cameron

Mandelson says he wants to be on the show and then Sergeant retires. A link? A threat?

Spotter: Clive Davis



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