March 18, 2009

Theme Thursday - Vegetable


Uncle Monty's Vegetable Love

MARWOOD is somewhat uncomfortable in these surroundings. In complete contrast WITHNAIL is totally at ease. Apart from the magnificent furniture the room is filled with vegetables. Cauliflowers and carrots are on every surface in valuable antique pots A silver tray on the table sprouts a dozen fully grown onions. In the bay window is an [effing] great cabbage, the size of an aspidistra. MARWOOD is staring at its luxurious foliage when UNCLE MONTY pirouettes in with the drinks.

MONTY: Do you like vegetables?
MARWOOD nods and MONTY wafts dust from the leaves of a parsnip.
I’ve always been fond of root crops, but I only started to grow last summer…

MONTY proffers glasses and WITHNAIL moves in for a “Chin chin”.
I happen to think the cauliflower more beautiful than the rose.
He moves off at speed towards a turnip in an art noveau pot.
Do you grow?
WITHNAIL: Geraniums…
News to MARWOOD. MONTY swings towards him. Exchange of smiles
MONTY: You little traitors. I think the carrot infinitely more fascinating than the geranium. The carrot has mystery. Flowers are essentially tarts. Prostitutes for the bees…


Bruce Robinson, Withnail and I, The Screenplay, 1989, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, pp. 31-32

12 comments:

Ronda Laveen said...

Very interesting photo. Amazing really. A self-portrait?

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I think it is time to check out withnail and I from the library....what a hilarious flick that was!

Wings said...

Interesting...

R.L. Bourges said...

this is clearly the perfect musical accompaniment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GabHGlGm14&feature=channel

Bon appétit!

reyjr said...

That guy in the photo, isn't he in Harry Potter?

The Clever Pup said...

Yes, his name is Richard Griffiths and he plays Uncle Vernon.

He plays the slimy fat guy in lots of British productions.

Poetikat said...

Oh Gosh CP! Not Withnail too! This is my all-time favourite comedy and this scene is perhaps my favourite. I posted it on my blog not long ago. Too weird.
Actually, I believe it's Uncle Monty, Griffiths plays. (I've seen this movie scads of times.)

Your Gentle Readers should be warned that this film may not be to all tastes - it does veer towards the acerbic and dark humour with the language to accompany it.

Kat

Poetikat said...

Oops! Sorry - I see you were speaking of Harry Potter. I'm not knowledgeable in that realm at all.

Griffiths is also excellent in the film version of the play, "The History Boys".

Kat

Megan said...

I've been meaning to watch this. Now I know I must.

runmotman said...

never heard of this, but it sounds like a hoot.

Baino said...

You know I've never seen the movie either. .heard lots about it quite the cult classic from all accounts I'll have to seek it out. Mysterious carrots indeed

Kris said...

Too true too. Sluttish flowers leading bees on...