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Poirot's appointment with death

Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2008-12-05 19:32

I have been assiduously following the TV series "Agatha Christie's Poirot for many many years, and, largely speaking, have been a fan of both David Suchet and the adaption to television in general. While, it has been at least a decade since I read my last Poirot novel, I can probably claim with some degree of accuracy to have read all of Poirot's cases.

To cut to the chase, I saw the TV adaption of Christie's novel, Appointment with death last night and I was quite aghast at the downright rape of the original story. It's been utterly and completely mutilated beyond recognition with only a bare-bones scaffolding bearing any resemblance to the original. Characters have been added, snipped, changed at will. The victim Mrs. Boynton is no longer a tyrannical prison warden but a wheeling and dealing stockbroker with a penchant for child abuse. Lady Westholme, MP is replaced by Celia Westholme, travel writer and absconding mother of one of the Boynton siblings all of whom are adopted. Throw in a nun and, believe it or not, some white slavery and you can get an inkling of the blithe disregard that this scriptwriter had for Poirot fans around the world.

All that said, the above alone is not enough to justify me expending energy cribbing about this travesty. What stuck in my craw was, amongst other subtler references earlier in the episode, the following dialogue by Poirot:

Before he leaves, you will permit an old man to pontificate. Alors, mademoiselle, there is nothing in the world so damaged that it cannot be repaired by the hand of Almighty God. I encourage you to know this because without this certainty, we should all of us... be mad. Je vous salue, mademoiselle. Au revoir.

He also hands the mademoiselle in question a pouch containing a trinket - a necklace with a cross and some other beady arrangement - and then seems to vanish from her view in an epiphanic blink of an eye. What utter fucking balderdash! Poirot, in the novels, does refer to religion - usually obliquely and in keeping with the subject matter, often with respect to the nature of sin - and is said to be a catholic. But, nowhere will you ever see him involved in such outright dastardly proselytisation or anything even remotely close. I have no idea what the director and producers were thinking when they approved this script, but, they were either on drugs or were funded by some religious nut.



The episode I viewed left out the " the hand..." section of the quote. Either way, this extaordinary quote deserves philosophical consideration. I myself am Agnostic, but regardless of your religious views, it is apparent by both your obscene language and thoughts you are a shallow and dim-witted individual.