withnail_eye ADMIN March 26, 2007
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Withnail and I - Simply the best film ever made!
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The film details the lives of two resting (struggling) actor friends, who, confined to a Georgian flat in Camden Town through their financial difficulties, decide to take a holiday to the country. The narrative is told in the first person by the character played by Paul McGann, named just once in passing in the film as Marwood (first name Peter) - and only credited as "& I".
Robinson's script is largely autobiographical. Marwood is Robinson; Withnail is based on a friend he shared a Camden house with - Vivian MacKerrell - who died young; and Uncle Monty is loosely based on the unwanted attentions he received from an amorous Franco Zeffirelli when he was a young actor . He lived in the impoverished conditions seen in the film and wore plastic bags as wellington boots. Robinson threw four or five years' of his real life into the script, condensing them into two weeks.
In many ways, the film is melancholy and deals with endings: the end of Withnail and Marwood's friendship; the end of the 1960s (the film begins with King Curtis performing "A Whiter Shade of Pale" - King Curtis was murdered in August 1971; Danny's speech about selling hippie wigs in Woolworths); the probable 'beginning of the end' for Withnail/MacKerrell as he delivers Hamlet's soliloquy to a pack of wolves, the film is in part set amidst the demolition of parts of Camden at the beginning of the film. In Withnail and I, there is a strong sense that the characters fear change: from Withnail clinging to Marwood until the very end, to Danny mourning the passing of the decade, to Uncle Monty pining for the pleasures of his lost youth and cursing his old age. The characters fear change and the dangers of uncertainty that this new change will bring; but deep down, accepting that change is inevitable. The film marks the end/passing of a 'golden age.' At one point, towards the end of the film, Withnail says 'There's always time for a drink' to which Marwood quickly and bluntly replies ' No, I don't have the time.' Marwood is not merely telling Withnail that he doesn't have time for a drink; but rather, he no longer has time for 'him'. Whereas before, Marwood always had time for a drink (as is evident throughout the film) this is no longer the case. In refusing to drink with him, Marwood is implicitly telling Withnail that their time together is over; their friendship has come to an end.
A few Withnail and I links
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Withnail and I tests
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