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Peter Pan / Re: Disney’s Peter Pan and Wendy Casting Decisions
« Last post by Helen1037 on August 31, 2021, 09:07:28 PM »
1. Although I’m skeptical of the upcoming film myself, I commend the director for his decision to dispose of the double casting tradition. It may work well in a theatrical setting (which relies heavily on exaggerations and artistic conventions) but breeds unpleasant and irrelevant implications in live-action films. You’re right, the double casting gimmick appeared spontaneously (almost accidentally, in fact) and had nothing to do with Barrie’s original vision of his characters, for it was Gerald du Maurier who proposed the idea. Yet this tradition got popularized, infiltrated most PP adaptations, and provided fertile ground for countless analyses ascribing the Oedipus complex to Wendy, which I find aggravating at best and disturbing at worst. Some people go so far as to assume James and George are basically the same person (looking at you, Mr. Hogan). In the case of the 2003 film, the implementation of double-casting is in no way a worthy tribute to Barrie’s story, it’s just mindless copying from the play. As for professional products breaking the tradition, there’s the 1924 silent film, which is objectively the most faithful adaptation, and the 1987 Soviet movie, which does a pretty decent job at portraying Hook and Mr. Darling. And keep in mind that Barrie had a hand in the casting decisions for the 1924 film.
I have to disagree with you on Hook being the embodiment of adulthood. His criminal career disqualifies him as a model of a full-fledged, responsible adult for obvious reasons. Besides, James displays immaturity and childish behavior multiple times throughout the story, what with his intention of making Wendy a mother figure for him and the crew. On top of that, the captain seems to be stuck in the mindset of a young Etonian who has failed to adhere to the school’s standards but is still clinging to the hope of achieving good form and proving his worth.
General topic / Re: My Poems
« Last post by Dani1923 on August 22, 2021, 02:19:52 PM »
Another poem, based on the term “Lock-Out Time” from The Lost Boys film and “The Little White Bird”.

Lock-Out Time:
They say the parks gates are closed,
But I can’t wait
To see what lies
At night beyond the gate.
There must be trolls,
Fairies, dragons, and elves,
Talking animals and trees that walk by themselves.
What I wouldn’t give to be in the park at night!
To see all these things must be quite a sight!
Davies Family / Re: Michael’s Major at Oxford?
« Last post by Dani1923 on August 21, 2021, 07:58:39 PM »
Thanks Brutus!
But now I wonder why Michael didn’t study art when he went to Oxford? And I wonder if he ever submitted his drawings anywhere like Punch? And if he never did, why? I guess these are answers that we’ll just never know.
Davies Family / Re: Michael’s Major at Oxford?
« Last post by Brutus on August 21, 2021, 12:42:47 PM »
Michael took Mods (or Moderations) in Latin and Greek, the first part of the Classics degree course known as Literae Humaniores (also known as Greats) and yes, he did seriously think of studying art in Paris instead of going to Oxford, but Barrie dissuaded him from taking that path. (Michael was again tempted the following year but changed his mind.)

By 'school', I assume you mean college/university years? Michael went to Oxford in January 1919. I think a Classics degree requires 4 years so by the time of his death in 1921, he had only done 2 years.
General topic / My Poems
« Last post by Dani1923 on August 21, 2021, 03:13:26 AM »
I’m sharing a couple of poems that I wrote on this forum. Please tell me what you think!

The first poem “The Storyteller” can be applied to any storyteller, including of course JMB!

I got the idea for the second poem “Vanished Hands” from The Lost Boys book where it talks about Michael wanting “the touch of vanished hands” because he missed his mother. So I wrote this poem based on some personal feelings of my own.

The Storyteller:
Your words flow into my ears.
The images in my head dispel all my fears.
You reach out and grasps me by the hand
And we fly together to a magical land.
And hand-in-hand we walk
Through a place with fairies and where animals talk.
A place where adventures are the norm.
A place where no one could feel forlorn.
You are always by my side
Through this delightful adventurous ride.
Through scary nights and lonely days,
You are never far away.
Through your words we can never part,
Through your words you are always in my heart.

Vanished Hands:
I long for your vanished hands
To hold me in your grasps.
They say that though we are apart
You are always in my heart
But you are still so far.
I don’t know where you are.
And I am alone.
I feel the only thing to do
Would be to leave and join you.
JMBarrie / Re: JMB's photography
« Last post by Dani1923 on August 20, 2021, 09:53:26 PM »
I realized that Barrie’s photography of Bevil Quiller-Couch and George, Jack Peter in The Boy Castaways reminds me of the early photos of Sally Mann. Early in her career as a photographer, she was famous for the photos she took of her three young children. But they were also met with controversy as she would photograph them nude, but I think she only did that for a few photographs. The rest of the photographs are of them at play in the countryside where they lived and the children look as if they are Lost Children in Black Lake or in Neverland!
Davies Family / Michael’s Major at Oxford?
« Last post by Dani1923 on August 20, 2021, 02:53:43 AM »
What was Michael’s major at Oxford? Is it true, like it’s stated in The Lost Boys film, that he had trouble choosing a major and thought about graduating in Classics or Poetry before he wanted to study art in Paris?
Also was Michael close to graduating Oxford when he died, or did he still have a year or two left of school?
JMBarrie / Re: Barrie Writing About Michael at Eton
« Last post by Dani1923 on August 20, 2021, 02:46:37 AM »
A letter from Barrie to Miss Nan Herbert, Nan Ino Cooper, later 10th Baroness Lucas. From “Letters of J.M. Barrie”:

14 December 1912

My most real news is that Michael went to his school party today in ‘Etons’—first performance therin and was secretly much excited. His white shirt has filled the house (I am writing from there) since early morn, and in short nothing else is talked of in society.
Davies Family / Letter from Barrie to George’s Fiancé Josephine Mitchell Innes
« Last post by Dani1923 on August 19, 2021, 02:04:28 AM »
Letter from Barrie to George’s fiancé Josephine Mitchell Innes. From “Letters of J.M. Barrie” by Viola Meynell.

28 June 1915
My dear Josephine
I send you on those other letters in a box.
It was very nice seeing you, and still nicer liking you as much as I wanted to do. But I was not afraid. I knew there was one matter on which George could make no mistake. I hope we shall always be friends, though it has begun in a way so much more sad than it was planned.
Yours affectionately, J.M. Barrie
Davies Family / Letter Mentioning George’s Revolver and Field Glasses
« Last post by Dani1923 on August 19, 2021, 02:00:34 AM »
Letter from Barrie to author Charles Turley Smith. From “Letters of J.M. Barrie” by Viola Meynell.
I’m sharing this letter because it talks about George’s revolver and field glasses.

11 July 1916

You may have seen that E.V.’s brother Percival, who sometimes played cricket with us, was killed in the ‘push.’ He had George’s revolver and field glasses, which are again without an owner. In a recent letter to E.V. he said he didn’t see how one could escape. Peter is out there in the thick of it. Life is forlorn despite the gaiety of the newspaper press.
I expect your agricultural work is a real good successful job.
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