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Mike Leigh's Historical Epic 'Peterloo' is More like Peter-Snooze

Mike Leigh's Historical Epic 'Peterloo' is More like Peter-Snooze

Mike Leigh's Peterloo, which opens Friday, is a historical epic that crams more political oratory into two-and-half-hours than any film ever made. It is a movie of speeches: speeches before British parliament in the high rhetoric of 1819; speeches at taverns and meeting halls and fields, where the weavers and commoners of Manchester agitate for radical reform; speeches, in draft form, practiced before family members or rehearsed in private; speeches, even, that gathered crowds can't quite make out.

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