VOICES FROM THE MIDDLE AGES - 1970

Rita Webb Film Appearances

Directed By: PIERS JESSOP

Part: PARODYING JESSIE EVANS

American educational film Piers Jessop directed the outstanding Middle Ages: a Wanderer's Guide to Life and Letters, (1970, LCA) starring Nicholas Pennell. This film was also called Voices From the Middle Ages in its European version. in 2007 I contacted Piers and he had this to say i directed the film you are looking for and have dvd, but i am afraid that dear Rita never appeared in the film. we did shoot a sequence involving her and actor Murray Melvin, grotesquely parodying Jessie Evans as she related the wife of baths's tale. the producer's wife, Helen Jean secondary, was bolshy and she interpreted - insanely in my view - Rita's performance as being insulting to fat people, an early form of political correctness! so though the scene worked well it was never used. Rita was a pleasure to work with, but she did have a tongue on her.   on the first morning she arrived along with her very mild mannered husband, whose name I forget, and I chatted to her.   the wardrobe man was named Vivian Marnham and Rita said to me, 'if that fuckin' Vivian doesn't get my costume right i'll cut 'is cock off and 'ave it for my breakfast!'   fortunately he did get it right and no blood was shed.

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