Set in England during the early 19th century, Pandaemonium evokes late-1960s America in its depiction of the relationship between Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Linus Roach) and William Wordsworth (John Hannah). Instead of going to Vietnam, Wordsworth goes off to fight against the French while Coleridge stays at home and promotes utopianism. After the war, the poets live and work together with Coleridge's wife, Sara (Samantha Morton), and Wordsworth's sister, Dorothy (Emily Woof). At first this communal arrangement works to the advantage of Coleridge--who does some of his best writing while Wordsworth stagnates--until Coleridge becomes addicted to opium. Wordsworth, meanwhile, doesn't find his voice until he abandons his friend. In 20th-century vernacular, Wordsworth is the yuppie, Coleridge the hippie.
|Release Date||:||June 29, 2001|
|Production Company||:||Arts Council of England|
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom|
|Casts||:||Linus Roache, John Hannah, Samantha Morton, Emily Woof, Andrea Lowe, Dexter Fletcher, Andy Serkis, Samuel West, Colin McCredie, John Kane, Emma Fielding, Michael N. Harbour, William Scott-Masson, Clive Merrison, Guy Lankester, Jacqueline Defferary, John Standing, Andy de la Tour, Glyn Owen, Peter Harkness, Niall Vincent, Jason Quick, Miles Quick, Eleanor Russell, Rowena Gaukroger, Leo Temple, Erik McKay, Mark Tilley, Juno Temple|
I've been a movie fan for only a year, and have seen dozens in that time. This is by far the most exciting and memorable movie I've seen. Before seeing the movie I had no interest in English poets and knew little about them. After seeing the movie, I was entranced and had to find out more.
The movie tells the story through the laudanum delusions of Coleridge. Linus Roache is awesome in the role and the weaving of his poetry and his weird and scary visions is breathtakingly original. Coleridge and the Wordsworths lived 200 years ago and yet they seemed of our time. Using drugs, craving new experiences and sensations, they are like young people of today, scandalising their elders and shocking polite society.
The camera techniques are spectacular, as are the costumes, the locations and the editing, as you would expect from a production connected with the BBC. Watch and enjoy - you will not be disappointed!