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Wiki description Blackeyes is a BBC television miniseries first broadcast in 1989, written and directed by Dennis Potter based on his own novel of the same name.Broadcast as four 50 minute episodes, first screened weekly from 29 November 1989 to 20 December 1989 on Britain s BBC2 channel, Blackeyes starred Gina Bellman as the title character, an attractive model, with Michael Gough in a key role as her uncle.Potter described the series theme as the objectification of young and attractive wome Wiki description Blackeyes is a BBC television miniseries first broadcast in 1989, written and directed by Dennis Potter based on his own novel of the same name.Broadcast as four 50 minute episodes, first screened weekly from 29 November 1989 to 20 December 1989 on Britain s BBC2 channel, Blackeyes starred Gina Bellman as the title character, an attractive model, with Michael Gough in a key role as her uncle.Potter described the series theme as the objectification of young and attractive women as consumer goods in a way that brutalizes both sexes.https www.youtube.com watch v Kbq5r While it s a worthy effort at looking at the downside of the then current rise of the supermodels and how it affects the people working within and attached to that industry it falls down through its apologetic prose and structural and thematic similarity to Mr Potter s previous work, The Singing Detective There s the mix of reality and fantasy, the references to popular music from a previous generation, a character who laments the similarity of his name to that of an iconic member of his profes While it s a worthy effort at looking at the downside of the then current rise of the supermodels and how it affects the people working within and attached to that industry it falls down through its apologetic prose and structural and thematic similarity to Mr Potter s previous work, The Singing Detective There s the mix of reality and fantasy, the references to popular music from a previous generation, a character who laments the similarity of his name to that of an iconic member of his profession there s even a woman s naked body pulled from the water This sort of repetition of theme and idea doesn t normally bother me too much because good authors usually have a lotstuff going on in their writing than their pet concerns obsessions but as this is quite a slender volume it came across as derivativethan anything else The adjectification of Nabokov on the back of this book is due, I believe, to the fact that one of his novels, Laughter in the Dark, is mentioned within it And there might be a bit of Nabo pander, on the author s part though Nabokov, luckily, was long dead before this book was ever published , in some elements of the narrative But there is nowhere to be found even an ink splash of Nabokov s talent, unless you count the best line in the book the previously mentioned title of Nabokov s sixth n The adjectification of Nabokov on the back of this book is due, I believe, to the fact that one of his novels, Laughter in the Dark, is mentioned within it And there might be a bit of Nabo pander, on the author s part though Nabokov, luckily, was long dead before this book was ever published , in some elements of the narrative But there is nowhere to be found even an ink splash of Nabokov s talent, unless you count the best line in the book the previously mentioned title of Nabokov s sixth novel.You see, this novel is a lengthy length of tripe Over the top tripe, I might add bruised, splotched and positively piebald with great purple nurples of so called prose And what s , it sucked And to add injury to insult not my insults, which arethan warranted, but the heinous insult of anyone I m talking to you, anonymous reviewer at Vanity Fair who would call this clown car of a novel Nabokovian it is the most overtly Freudian possibly on the wink, though still unbearable b b b book I think I ve ever read I mean it was Pyschological, in the slapstick way that certain Hitchcock movies are Psychological, but without the Hitchcockian style to make it work The kind of Psychology that is bewhiskered and Austrian accented and has perhaps never existed in the real world, though it has absolutely never, never, never existed in the world of good literature Good literature I mean the artful stuff suffocates under the weight of Psychology s cliches Just as I wanted to put a thick pillow over my face throughout my reading of Blackeyes I had to give this book to a friend of mine who is a university English professor to help me discern whether a the book was as good as I thought it was or b I am so accustomed to Dennis Potter s screen work that I could SEE and UNDERSTAND the story in a way that a reader unfamiliar with Potter would She assured me that the book was good and very visual Dennis Potter, for those unfamiliar with him and many are , goes back and forth in between characters and stories both in time and imagin I had to give this book to a friend of mine who is a university English professor to help me discern whether a the book was as good as I thought it was or b I am so accustomed to Dennis Potter s screen work that I could SEE and UNDERSTAND the story in a way that a reader unfamiliar with Potter would She assured me that the book was good and very visual Dennis Potter, for those unfamiliar with him and many are , goes back and forth in between characters and stories both in time and imagination so that you re never sure what is real and what is not He s one of my favorites Anything by Dennis Potter please I first found his work by accident on Netflix I think, years ago, movies from his books THE SINGING DETECTIVE, also PENNIES FROM HEAVEN Googling now I see there are manyI was entranced This book which may have been made into a movie is a combo detective story, a bio of an elderly writer, straightforward simple writing but a complex story. Piti selvitt onko Dennis Potter tosiaan niin hyv kuin 90 luvulta muistin Viihdekuvaston ja arjen limitt minen ei en tuntunut yht tuoreelta idealta kuin aikanaan Toisaalta ihmisen esineellist minen ja seksuaalinen hyv ksik ytt , joita teos k sittelee, aukesivat ehk jopa uudella tavalla nykyp iv ja metoo liikett vasten. Later made into a successful four part series for the BBC directed by its author, the first episode of which may be found here , Blackeyes is Dennis Potter s examination of the valuation the world puts on female beauty, and the process of writing Or the role of the author,correctly The story is pretty simple Kingsley, a past it author, finds a new audience through Sugar Bush, a novel created by borrowing from Jessica, his niece The story of the model professional name Blackeyes Later made into a successful four part series for the BBC directed by its author, the first episode of which may be found here , Blackeyes is Dennis Potter s examination of the valuation the world puts on female beauty, and the process of writing Or the role of the author,correctly The story is pretty simple Kingsley, a past it author, finds a new audience through Sugar Bush, a novel created by borrowing from Jessica, his niece The story of the model professional name Blackeyes and the way her Sugar Bush life affects that of its inspiration is where most of the story s tension originates In some regards, it s Potter does Potter, really there s The Enduring Mystery Of Women, rooting and bits of improbable nudity There s no doubt that though the main male character of the novel shares a name with an Amis, the doddering, farting author is something of a stand in for the ageing Potter himself all befuddlement and teddy bear attachment Unfortunately, it s in this kind of indulgence that the novel falters most The rants all very poetic and feeling my age as they are seem rootless and almost chucked in from another work Weirdly, the book reads quite well taken as an unfolding mystery, assuming you can sidestep the frequent explosions of purple prose, liberally spiced with a dose of oh those youngsters and their talk I don t understand snark There s a particularly painful interview in the book which it seems was based on a real event, which further supports the idea that Potter put himself in the work, which makes some of Kingsley s thoughts evenworrying There s a mystery here and though a bit of consideration renders the ending pretty obvious, it s satisfying to see it come together in the final pages, even if it does appear rushed The biggest problem with Blackeyes, though is that it comes across that Potter wants to make a big statement about the objectification of women, but tries to do so through a character who s not allowed an identity of her own I wanted to feel something for Blackeyes, or for Jessica, but they were painted so distantly that it was difficult to muster much emotion either way This could be a brilliant statement on how the consumption of women as body only results in a sort of personality prison, where identity is locked within, not for consumption of the viewers bit I think that d besuccess than the novel warrants Are you better off watching the miniseries Quite possibly This is entertaining for a day s commute, but that s about it Sorry, Dennis *Free ✙ Blackeyes ↽ The January PBS airing of The Singing Detective generated extensive publicity for Potter and should increase the demand for his stunning literary mystery set in the London fashion world Blackeyes is a diabolical success Vanity Fair The most interesting thing about this book is the way different narratives or different realities are placed one on top of another, and sometimes mingled Blackeyes is the name of a character in a novel inside the novel called Blackeyes The inside novel is called something sexier And the character Blackeyes is an astonishingly beautiful young woman found naked and dead in a cold pond Whether she killed herself or somebody else did it is a matter of investigation The story of Blackeyes, the The most interesting thing about this book is the way different narratives or different realities are placed one on top of another, and sometimes mingled Blackeyes is the name of a character in a novel inside the novel called Blackeyes The inside novel is called something sexier And the character Blackeyes is an astonishingly beautiful young woman found naked and dead in a cold pond Whether she killed herself or somebody else did it is a matter of investigation The story of Blackeyes, the character, was told by an astonishingly beautiful young woman to her elderly writer uncle, but the young woman disagrees with the way the old man wrote the story.If you think this female male contest for ownership of narrative sounds to have come from some sort of literary theory, then I think you are right But this is not an academic, dry read It has many pop flourishes such as the already mentioned suspected murder, as well as sex, romance and maybe some dark secrets, too In fact, at one point, the real author complains of embarrassment at the popular romance turn the tale takes.The weak point maybe that the characters are too much pop stock The preternaturally beautiful young woman with sorrow in her heart, the vain, bombastic, has been, never was literary old gent with a vulnerable centre, and a tough, weary, seen it all, dedicated detective.There are some dated bits of satire on youth speak that seems to come from a decade or two before the story, and the emotionless sex with multiple partners seems very pre Aids though the novel was published in 1987.The thing that keeps it interesting and worth reading is that complex structure that is easier to understand than to describe, freshening up all the potentially stale elements in a witty and entertaining way I wish that I d been able read through the entire book in one sitting Maybe that would have helped me keep better track of the book, the book within the book, and the dreams Or maybe not In a way, the plot style reminded me of The Life of Pi You might need to read itthan once to sort out what s really going on I d love to watch the filmed version produced by the BBC to see how, or if, they differentiated between the real people and the fictionalized people that are in the book insid I wish that I d been able read through the entire book in one sitting Maybe that would have helped me keep better track of the book, the book within the book, and the dreams Or maybe not In a way, the plot style reminded me of The Life of Pi You might need to read itthan once to sort out what s really going on I d love to watch the filmed version produced by the BBC to see how, or if, they differentiated between the real people and the fictionalized people that are in the book inside the book