September 21, 2010
Because of Monty Python and Rowan Atkinson Rich and I cannot watch any period English drama without throw away lines from the Holy Grail or Black Adder creeping into the room. In fact, nobody does historical filth quite as well as Terry Gilliam and his discerning eye for ratty clothes, spittle and dung has made most films look far too clean by comparison. If our hero doesn’t have matted hair or filthy fingernails, he has lost me. Sit through a Derek Jacobi mystery and you can almost see the orange ric-rac trim from the Butterick Pattern B4574 Merry Man costume.