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Message  Matthieu le Sam 20 Nov 2010 - 0:06

The Review Show sur BBC 2.
Round table arts and culture discussion programme. Martha Kearney is joined by guests, including Suede's Brett Anderson, to discuss the latest installment of Harry Potter, Wayne McGregor's new dance experience and Channel 4's star-studded new adaptation of William Boyd's novel Any Human Heart.
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Message  Matthieu le Dim 21 Nov 2010 - 2:45

Any Human Heart Review: Three Ages Of Man (On the Box, 20 novembre 2010)

ANY HUMAN HEART: Sunday 21st November, Channel 4, 9pm ALERT ME

The first episode of this touching four-part adaptation of William Boyd’s novel sees an aged Logan Mountstuart (Jim Broadbent) looking back on the miasma that is his life. Like the book, this skillfully altered Channel 4 dramatisation is an exploration of identity and loss with one central theme: the passage of time and its effect on a man. Retrospectively, Logan sees his past selves as individual people, a feeling conveyed by the three different actors who portray him: Broadbent, Matthew Macfadyen and Sam Claflin (his youngest avatar), all of whom are excellent.

The recollections begin during his time as an awkward aspiring novelist at Oxford in the mid 1920s, where he spends much of his time attempting to lose his virginity. Mountstuart eventually writes a racy novel that, though devoid of literary merit, sells well. A marriage into the aristocracy follows after heartbreak from the politically charged, idealistic – and in her own way equally crude – Land Fothergill (yes that’s actually her name), with whom Logan remains obsessed throughout the episode.

Unsurprisingly, married life does not suit Logan, who keeps a mistress, the beautiful and coquettish Freya, and follows some of the luminaries of the early 20th century intelligentsia such as George Orwell and Arthur Koestler by reporting on the Spanish Civil War. However, unlike these authors our man shows little ideological motivation for covering the event, simply a prosaic desire for the fantastic money it offers.

What we get is a portrait of a flawed, Zelig-like character with a penchant for being present at some of the most tumultuous points in the eras history, rubbing shoulders with some of its most memorable figures from Ernest Hemingway and Ian Fleming to the upper echelons of royalty. Mountstuart doesn’t seem to see that he is himself a crude, banal and unsophisticated bon viveur in the mould of the English upper classes he lives off but purports to despise.

Like Montstuart, many of the characters are shallow but interesting, particularly as portraits of certain types of archaic personalities, some straight out of an Evelyn Waugh novel. Thankfully, Montstuart himself is not portrayed as any sort of embodiment of 20th century aimlessness or other such drivel. Boyd (who wrote the screenplay) and the rest of the production team shrewdly and vividly bring to life a character attempting to simultaneously live through and solve the riddle of the human condition. In order to keep the show’s momentum over the next three instalments, it must be careful not to descend into parading landmarks of 20th-century history. However, if this is a taste of what is to come, viewers are in for a treat.
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Message  Matthieu le Mar 23 Nov 2010 - 18:05

Any Human Heart is an engaging romp worth sticking with (Metro, 19 novembre 2010).
TV review: Any Human Heart (C4) had its work cut out to bring anything fresh to the feckless posh boy table, but managed to deliver an engaging period romp.
Any Human Heart, Channel 4, review (The Telegraph, 22 novembre 2010).
Andrew Pettie reviews the first episode of William Boyd's Any Human Heart, starring Jim Broadbent, Matthew Macfadyen and Gillian Anderson.
TV review: Any Human Heart, American Dream and JFK: The Making of Modern Politics (The Guardian, 22 novembre 2010).
Any Human Heart was a touching tale of the 20th century – with a very loud orchestra
Old-school drama is full of heart (Herald.ie, 22 novembre 2010).

Any Human Heart, (Channel 4, Sunday) (Herald Scotland, 22 novembre 2010).
Damien Love finds William Boyd’s adaptation of his novel luxurious but long-winded.
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Message  Matthieu le Dim 28 Nov 2010 - 4:48

Rewind TV: Any Human Heart (The Observer, 28 novembre 2010).
William Boyd's epic Any Human Heart was underwhelming on the small screen. Elsewhere, Peter Mandelson loved the camera and the camera was kinder to JFK. By Phil Hogan
Any Human Heart, Sunday, Channel 4 (The Independent, 28 novembre 2010).
Who could root for such a charmless philanderer, even if one of his three faces is Jim Broadbent?
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Message  Matthieu le Mar 7 Déc 2010 - 22:55

The Weekend's TV: Any Human Heart / Sun Channel 4 ... (The Independent, 6 décembre 2010).

Any Human Heart is most insistent about its central theme, restated once again at the beginning of last night's episode. "A life is all about luck," mused Logan Mountstuart. "In the end that's all there is... all the good luck and all the bad luck you've had."

Three episodes in, though, and the good luck is getting a bit thin on the ground. True, Logan was saved from his own suicide attempt by an accident, the girl he'd failed to bed returning a little later for her Zippo lighter, which Logan has kept as a talisman of contingent fortune. True too that he seems to have landed on his feet in New York, with a classy apartment and a beautiful, if somewhat passionless wife. But a glum passivity still seems to be the keynote of his character. What drive Logan once possessed has long since disappeared, as he admitted himself at one point. "There's no plan," he said, "things are just happening to me." And the persistent question – in this exceptionally well-made drama – is whether a hero this acquiescent can secure our loyalty. Logan, we now understand, goes with the flow. But what is there to keep us drifting along with him? Might there be a reason why novels and films routinely pretend that life has more plot to it than is actually the case?

Still, it's an entertaining drift, perked up with a lot of sex, which is the form that good luck most frequently takes in Logan's life. And while his wife might not be very interested in sleeping with him, his friend Peter's wife is – Kim Cattrall pitching up as the predatory Gloria, who suggests a "boffe de politesse" as a kind of sexual test-drive. "That was all very satisfactory," she said afterwards, as she did up her bra strap, "You're hired." Gloria is something of an isolated uptick in Logan's life though – grief for Freya and his daughter (killed by a bomb in the war) being the predominant note. Logan hasn't had another crack at self-slaughter – despite the ghostly form of Ernest Hemingway showing up to recommend it as a remedy for the blues – but he is drinking heavily (spiking his breakfast beer with vodka) and visiting a psychotherapist, nicely played by Richard Schiff. There haven't been a lot of laughs in Any Human Heart but this week delivered at least two, the first when Logan's shrink was briefly called out of the room and he got a chance to peek at his case notes, discovering nothing more analytical than page after page of ornate doodles.

Then it was time for another reminder of the theme. "Life doesn't run on railroad tracks," said Logan. "Something happens out of the blue and everything changes." In his case it was the arrival of his son Lionel, who turned up with a British rock band in New York and almost immediately managed to choke on his own vomit, ratcheting Logan's misery up another notch. There can be an unintentional comedy to this kind of thing, particularly when you cut away from Logan looking gloomy in the early Sixties for a quick burst of Logan looking absolutely wretched in old age, in this case Jim Broadbent on a French beach, gazing with measureless dolour at young women's breasts. Paradoxically though, given that he plays the hero in old age, Broadbent also injected a bit more youthful vitality into the drama – his role expanding from mere memento mori as the story reached Logan's late middle age. The second laugh came here when the impoverished Logan grandly sacked the literary agency who'd last earned a percentage from him during the Second World War – a very welcome burst of energy. Broadbent, I was thinking admiringly, could appear in a road-safety film and imbue it with a sense of human depth. At which point we got what looked almost exactly like a road-safety film. "It's not about looking back is it... it's about looking ahead," said Logan sententiously, before stepping directly into the path of a delivery van. And looking right and left, Logan. That too.
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Message  Matthieu le Jeu 16 Déc 2010 - 17:00

Any Human Heart (A livre ouvert) : Les Carnets intimes de Logan Montstuart (Série Complète)
(Critictoo, 16 décembre 2010).

Critique à l'image de sa syntaxe...
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Message  Matthieu le Jeu 30 Déc 2010 - 1:48

Les carnets intimes de Logan Mountstuart (Summerday, 29 décembre 2010).
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Message  Matthieu le Ven 11 Fév 2011 - 6:09

Any Human Heart (ExpressMilwaukee.com, 3 février 2011).

"Any Human Heart" airs on "Masterpiece Classic" (The Beacon, 10 février 2011).

Where the Time Goes (The Wall Street Journal, 11 février 2011).

A Long Life That Peaks Quite Young (The New York Times, 11 février 2011).
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Message  Matthieu le Dim 13 Fév 2011 - 9:13

Any Human Heart (Variety, 10 février 2011).

Television review: 'Any Human Heart' (Los Angeles Times, 12 février 2011).
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Message  Matthieu le Mer 16 Fév 2011 - 1:18

Any Human Heart (Vogue, 15 février 2011).
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Message  Matthieu le Sam 21 Jan 2012 - 10:53

TV highlights | Heart-warming tale a real treat (The Copenhagen Post, 2 janvier 2012).
But if you have – theoretically putting you among the 20 percent of Americans who read one last year or the 67 percent of British children who own one –
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Message  Luce le Sam 2 Juin 2012 - 14:54

Critic's choice: the week ahead in TV (smh.com.au, 3 juin 2012).

ANY HUMAN HEART Thursday, 9.30pm, W ★★★☆
William Boyd's 2002 novel is perfect material for a mini-series, especially a classic British period drama. The book was written as a series of journals kept by the fictitious Logan Mountstuart, who lived from 1906 to 1991. Being the inner workings of a man's mind, it's a deeply personal story. But it's also a story of both the various ages of man, and of the world, throughout a particularly tumultuous century. In this four-part series we first meet Logan in his final year at Oxford, in 1926, when he's obsessed by two things: sex (specifically, losing his virginity); and writing a great novel. By episode's end he's more or less achieved both, managing to have sex with a number of young women, travelling to Paris (where he meets Ernest Hemingway), and writing a racy bestseller, if not exactly a great novel. Ten years on and many things about Boyd's book still live in my memory, not least its remarkable ability to maintain a coherent voice even as that voice matures from callow youth to worldly man and into old age. That's managed here partly by a lovely screenplay written by Boyd, and partly through terrific casting. The three Logans are played by Sam Claflin (Pillars of the Earth, Pirates of the Caribbean), Matthew Macfadyen (Spooks) and the wonderful Jim Broadbent. While Claflin dominates this first ep, we do get to see glimpses of Broadbent, whose rummaging through old papers kickstarts the story, and Macfadyen, in flashback. All three are great in their own right, but also feel right as Logan matures. From a production point of view this is also spot-on, the kind of elegant period piece the Brits do so well, and it rightly won last year's BAFTA for best serial drama.
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Message  Luce le Mar 10 Déc 2013 - 13:17

"Any Human Heart" (2010) d’après William Boyd (Blog La Bouteille à la Mer, 29 juin 2013)
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Message  Luce le Jeu 17 Avr 2014 - 15:50

Watch Any Human Heart Online: PBS Masterpiece Classic (Blog Jane Austen's World, 17 février 2011).
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