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    Re: Master & Commander
    From: Rodney Myrvaagnes
    Date: 2003 Dec 7, 19:48 -0500

    On Sat, 6 Dec 2003 21:15:04 +0000, Trevor J. Kenchington wrote:
    >That is a simple error. The captor's ensign goes on top. In this case,
    >British over French.
    >I trust that the film at least allows a red ensign, as the appropriate
    >colour for a ship on independent service (not under the command of any
    >Admiral, whether red, white or blue).
    I just watched it for a second time. I wish I had read this
    correspondence before I went. I am almost certain they flew a Union
    Jack rather than a red ensign (or a blue or white one, for that
    matter). Can anyone confirm or deny?
    Other complaints. Surprise was visibly motoring way too much of the
    time when she were supposedly sailing in light or moderate air. Sails
    were flapping and backing frequently throughout.
    When Aubrey was playing the violin, a cloth effectively kept one from
    seeing whether a chin rest was fitted. Near the end of the time he was
    strumming it horizontally a rest became momentarily visible, although
    they nearly always kept it from view. Similarly we never saw the bottom
    of the cello. In the first duet scene Maturin's posture looks as if he
    is playing with an end pin to the floor, an anachronism. On the second
    occasion he picks the cello up by the neck vertically from a position
    that looks as though the pin is absent.
    That they went to great lengths to avoid showing suggests that they
    realized after shooting that they had made an error, and edited to keep
    it from being obvious rather than go to the expense of reshooting. I
    can't blame them for that, given that it isn't a film about early
    The man overboard swimming in the storm off Cape Horn was soo high out
    of the water that he must have been standing on something. I complained
    about that scene earlier. It didn't improve on second viewing.
    Q. Would a ship that size actually carry an alembic? I suppose they
    might, if the grog was regarded as a necessity.
    Rodney Myrvaagnes  NYC                J36 Gjo/a
    "Never eat more in a single day than your head weighs." --Jim Harrison

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