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BFI Tintin Night at the National Film Theatre, London, 5 March 2007

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#31 · Posted: 8 Mar 2007 21:54
I enjoyed the film much more than I had expected to (having only vague memories of when I saw it on TV in 1978), it's surprisingly true to the spirit of Tintin.
It was also nice to meet Jockosjungle and The Poet Zloty.
A major bonus was seeing/hearing Herge speaking in English in the extract from 'Them and Us: Belgium' (1975). Interesting to hear him say in the interview that Tintin was originally 14 and is now 17 or 18.
#32 · Posted: 11 Mar 2007 20:38
Great to meet you as well Rocky! I was also surprised when Herge said Tintin's age as well, it seems that there has been lots of speculation and I assumed it was because Herge never said!

#33 · Posted: 11 Mar 2007 22:54
I was surprised about that too, jockosjungle!

I guess it's because he never said it very publicly... Also part of the character's charm was the sheer timeless everyday boy/man aspect (heck, I’d even call him androgynous).

[excuse]Though, if I twist Herge’s words, I seem to remember he was not very emphatic (eg. 'this is his age'). He merely stated that this was how he considered the character when drawing.[/excuse]

I was also amazed by his English! He was pretty good.
The Poet Zloty
#34 · Posted: 12 Mar 2007 15:43
I'm glad you enjoyed it! I did too - weird to see the film up on the big screen all these years later, and more entertaining with an audience, I thought.

We screened a Digibeta copy, as stated earlier on this thread. The BFI has the BBC's 35mm print of the film, and ideally we would have projected that, but I didn't want to risk screening it as it may be a unique copy of the English language version. So it was telecined, and a Digibeta copy made. The other material came from the BBC's Archive.

The next project is to search out a nice 35mm print of Blue Oranges, preferably with English soundtrack. Anybody got one?

#35 · Posted: 13 Mar 2007 14:01
alicelights, you are quite right. The point Herge seemed to be making was that he did not envisage Tintin as being the same age as when he started.

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