I watched the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons today, not having seen it for a few years. Another very enjoyable film. It's slower-paced than the 2016 one but engaging because of the good child actors (though I'm not keen on the portrayal of Nancy, who doesn't come across as lively or wild). Once again Titty stands out - but then she's also my favourite character in the book as I empathise with her love of literature and her longing to have the island to herself for a while so she can be Robinson Crusoe.
I'm not sure about the casting of Ronald Fraser as Uncle Jim, even though I like him as Mr. Barling in the 1978 Five Go to Smuggler's Top. He makes Uncle Jim seem rather a buffoon.
This adaptation sticks more closely to Arthur Ransome's book than the 2016 film which I watched last week. Since the book is a bit on the tame side for my liking, I welcome the supplementation of the story in the later film. However, the more relaxed atmosphere of the earlier one also appeals. Like the book, both versions conjure up an outdoorsy childhood world of fun, freedom, independence and imagination. Just perfect for escaping from a cold winter's afternoon!
"Heyho for a starry night and a heathery bed!" - Jack, The Secret Island.
"There is no bond like the bond of having read and liked the same books."
- E. Nesbit, The Wonderful Garden.