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The line, spoken by an angry young man in one of Potter's "plays for television," provides a decent enough introduction to the late British writer's worldview.
Potter dwelled in the dark places, exploring the ways in which we put up with existence.
Koch Vision brings to America a set of three mid-period Potter telefilms. They're minor works that benefit from some recycling of previous material, but anyone with an interest in the writer would do well to pick up "Dennis Potter: 3 to Remember."
Potter, best known for the BBC's "The Singing Detective" and "Pennies From Heaven," died of cancer in 1994, after suffering from a severe form of psoriasis he wrote about in "Detective."
Disc 1 includes a brilliant hourlong TV interview in which the writer discusses his imminent death, in something of a valedictory talk. A flask of morphine at the ready, Potter says he's "serene" but fearful of dying "four pages too early." The dying man's advice: Be in the now.
* * * * *Potter's interest in decay and afflictions might have made him a fan of the grim survival tale "Blindness," from director Fernando Meirelles ("City of God").