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Waris Hussein

Blind Love + Romance: Three Weeks

A double-bill featuring a complex period drama and an exotic romantic fable.

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Blind Love

ITV Playhouse. Granada 1977
Dir Waris Hussein
With Sam Wanamaker, Mary Peach, Richard Pearson, Georgine Anderson
66min

When Helen (Peach) takes up her position as PA to the blind Armitage (Wanamaker) he soon finds himself attracted to her. A fascinating period piece in terms of the sexual attitudes of the day, this compelling story unfolds with great sincerity, and under Hussein’s direction Wanamaker and Peach capture every nuance. James Saunders’ adaptation of VS Pritchett’s novel cleverly elucidates the complex themes of self-worth that living with a disability can engender.

Romance: Three Weeks

Thames TV 1977
Dir Waris Hussein
With Simon MacCorkindale, Elizabeth Shepherd, Patricia Lawrence, Geoffrey Chater
52min

Hussein creates a visual style in homage to Alphonse Mucha in this rich and exotic romantic fable dramatised by Gerald Savory from a notorious story by Elinor Glyn. In 1905 young Englishman Paul Verdayne (MacCorkindale) is sent to Switzerland, where he encounters the fabulously beautiful and mysterious elder woman of his dreams (a mesmerising Shepherd). But just who is she really, and what’s the secret of her magnetic charms?



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