First on this tape, Truly Madly Deeply, Anthony Minghella’s slightly less Hollywood version of Ghost. The marvellous Juliet Stevenson plays Nina, a woman deep in mourning for the death of her partner Jamie, played by Alan Rickman. Her flat is a death trap, with rats, bad plumbing, and doors that won’t lock, and all the tradesmen who fix it are obviously in love with her, but she’s not interested in anybody as she’s still deeply hurt by her loss. Nobody does snotty crying like Juliet Stevenson here.
Her sadness is soon alleviated by the reappearance of Rickman’s Jamie, as a very corporeal ghost. He says something about not having died properly, which is all the explanation this film needs.
So she then starts spending a lot of time at home, at the expense of her friends, admirers and her job working for Bill Paterson.
But she does keep bumping into a nice young man, Michael Maloney, who is supposed to be quirky and charming, but his quirk is so mannered that you just want to slap him, like when he decides to tell her all about himself while hopping.
But Rickman manages to anny her so much, by bringing all his ghost friends to her flat to watch interminable arthouse films on video, that she finally gets sick of him and realises she’s better off with someone with a pulse. Lucky for Maloney, he qualifies for that.
I think I’m being a little hard on it, but it’s possibly a bit too mannered. Richard Curtis seems to be able to get away with this kind of thing, but here it’s coming across as too ‘written’. But I love Stevenson and Rickman, and Paterson too for that matter, so there’s lots to enjoy.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st March 1992 – 22:00
After this, there’s a trailer for The Common Pursuit, before the start of a Jack Lemmon film, Macaroni. This recording stops after a few minutes of this, but underneath, there’s Howard Schumann talking about The Addams Family for the Moving Pictures. There’s also an interview with director Jocelyn Moorhouse about her film Proof starring Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe. Then there’s a look at movie mogul Samuel Z Arkoff.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 7th December 1991 – 20:50
After this, recording switches to a show called Trying Times directed by Jonathan Demme, and starring Rosanna Arquette and David Byrne.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th January 1992 – 21:05
After this, a trailer for The Late Show. Then a trailer for Ironweed. Then the tape finishes with the start of Did You See with Jeremy Paxman.