28th Jul 2004

My Fair Lady (1964)

Corrected entry: The lines "In France every Frenchman knows his language from A to Z; the French don't care what they do, actually, as long as they pronounce it properly" do not rhyme as "Z" is only called "zee" in the U.S. (Alan Jay Lerner, the lyricist, was of course American.)


Correction: The line about the French is an observational aside, completely out of the rhythm of the song, as such it doesn't matter whether it rhymes or not (since it doesn't scan anyway).

The lyric is "knows his language from A to Zed."

Correction: Presumably you're referring to the fact that Graham Chapman is uncircumcised and is playing a Jewish man. Brian Cohen was the illegitimate son of an anonymous Roman legionnaire and a prostitute. As his parents did not marry in the faith they would hold no kettubah - a certificate signed by a Rabbi solemnizing the Jewish marriage. Technically Brian is not Jewish, despite his claims to be a 'Red Sea pedestrian'. Besides, as the son of a prostitute with a non-Jewish father he would be an apostate, denied Jewish religious ritual such as a bar mitzvah and - more relevant to this issue - the bris, or ritual circumcision.

15th May 2004

The Dark Crystal (1982)

Corrected entry: Note: Spoiler. The "good" race is said to be dying, while the "evil" race is flourishing. As the ending makes clear, each individual of each race is really half of one split individual. Thus, there must at all times be precisely the same number of individuals in each race.


Correction: Flourishing here seems to mean wealthy as opposed to population numbers. The "bad" race (Skeksis) were using the life force of other creatures in order to maintain their lives. There were no children shown of either race shown. This is not a mistake. Both races were dying. Did you see any children Mystics or Skekses? Also, the crystal had to be "healed" by the time of the great conjunction. It is possible that if it weren't healed, that the personalities would be separated permanently and therefore the Mystics would die and the Skekses would flourish.


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