Once again, Cold Comfort Farm

Rural Missouri

It was winter, the grimmest hour of the darkest day of the year. The golden orb had almost disappeared behind the interlacing fingers of the hawthorn. A man’s huge body rude as a wind tortured thorn was printed dark against the flame of sand that, that throbbed, that throbbed on the tip of Mock Uncle hill.

The cows are named Pointless, Feckless, Graceless and Aimless. The recluse old lady upstairs who once, “saw something dreadful in the woodshed.” Cousins Seth and Reuben, two highly sexed young men living on the farm. These are a few of the things that Robert Poste’s child finds at Cold Comfort Farm in need of some tiding up. “Nature’s all very well in her place,” Flora Poste declares, “but she mustn’t be allowed to make things untidy.” The film is based upon Stella Gibbon’s wily 1932 satirical novel that sends up all manner of English rural and literary affectations. I praised this movie before on this blog, I would buy this 1995 film, if I could find it on a streaming service that I do business with, but alas that is not possible. Fortunately, I was gifted this last holiday weekend with the discovery of a pirated version of the film that just popped up on YouTube. It has before, but usually does not remain up for long. Enjoy!

Cold Comfort Farm was written as a parody of such famous “loam and love” British novels as Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, the novels of Jane Austin and DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Flora even views herself as a modern-day Jane Austin, “When I am 53, I hope to write a novel as good as Persuasion, but in a modern setting.” Her attempts at writing never seem to improve, but she is successful at everything else that she turns her hands to.

It was the loveliest time of the loveliest day of the year. The urban flowers and silky leaves and satin leaves dazzled against an azure sky. The gauze-like shadows crept in stealthily. The dreaming birds began their sleep song. The golden orb, the golden orb…

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