The notes for this episode were prepared by (me) Damien. It’s my turn to present and lead the podcast with a favorite film. “Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.” -Wikipedia Also joining me as usual are Darren, Kira and a special guest appearance by Sabrina a new friend of the show.
Ironically I have been pushing the team for shorter shows. Since I started doing that, I have led some of the longest episodes. Maybe shorter isn’t necessarily better. We’ll see how our unique style of show continues to evolve. This one had a lot of meaning to me and so I allowed myself to elaborate longer than usual. The running time is just over a hour, so it’s not that long.
As a quick aside here at the get-go I want to recommend our own Kira’s sport movie themed blogathon Play to the Whistle currently taking submissions.
She is partnering with Josh of Reffing Movies, also a friend of Talking Stars, we’ve had him on a couple times and hope to see him here more.
The panel went around and shared their impressions by answering questions.
Here are a few questions we cover in the episode: Abrahams was not accustomed to losing and didn’t take it very well. He referred to his last Olympic race as “. . . ten lonely seconds to justify my whole existence.” What did he mean by this? What was running to him? Was this a healthy attitude?
Was Liddell correct in refusing to run on Sunday in a “respectful but firm resolve to do what was right?” The Prince of Wales asked him to be patriotic and run on Sunday for the benefit of his country. Here, two parts of the same Pillar of Character conflict. Think about what Liddell said about why he ran. What choice would you have made? Why?
Was Abrahams correct in being sensitive to anti-Semitic comments by others?
What was a part you especially liked about this film? disliked?
Then the blog film critics gave their ratings.
Sabrina’s answers to questions about Chariots and specifically the lead actor Ian Charleson. Sabrina is the curator and owner of an Ian Charleson appreciation site. Ian plays Eric Liddell in the film and sadly passed away too soon at the age of 40 of AIDS. He was a remarkable talent. She kindly answered some questions about him and Chariots for our broadcast.
Questions for Sabrina:
1. Please tell us about yourself and your twitter page about Ian Charleson.
2. You mentioned the film is “unforgettable.” I would agree. What makes it special do you think?
3. What are your favorite scenes with Charleson?
4. Clearly there is irony in a gay man playing Liddell. What can a Culture if #equality get from this film by way of message?
5. Tell us about Charleson other work apart from this films. What do you think are his best performances?
Next the critics did a “Whatchya Been Watching.”
Finally in the concluding segment. My final thoughts on the film and our discussion, I thank the panel, any give other announcements.