The Hour

The Hour

Many in Film & Television circles regard Film Noir as dangerous territory. As for television itself, I often hold an utter disdain for itsoftentimes overtheatricality and false amusement. And with that said, I am quite irreverent that The Hour was axed from production after 2 highly satisfying series.
Although the acting was at times below par; we are, of course, inclined to make certain concessions to the concerns of television series production. And with this in mind, I viewed The Hour as a triumph of a late modernist Film NoirinTechnicolor as tragedy in both the climax of story and the decision to cease itsproduction.

Amongst the powerful characters lies our heroine, Bel (played by Romola Garaiand her illfated liasons with crusading newsman Lyon (Ben Whishaw). The storyline of captivating intrigue (arms race, smut, corruption) also frames failed personal sacrifice (in newsman Hector and his allsuffering wife Marnie) and the pursuit of rigour during the time of newsroom advent. Marnies character is a subtle victory by Oona Chaplin, granddaughter of the late Charlie Chaplinas both the epitome of the declining role of housewife and, one might venture; the disparaging of perceived beauty. With great cinematography, set design, and costume Id only wish the series could only press on.

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