(Again, I’m not sure if I’m putting this in the right place, so feel free to move to a better location)
When I saw the lecture “Defining a Mountain” in W1, I kept thinking of the film “The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain.” I saw it several years ago but don’t remember much other than the titles. Wikipedia tells me
- its overarching theme is the restoration of “the community’s war-damaged self-esteem” (it’s set in 1917 during WWI)
- the plot concerns the efforts of a group to build a mound on top of the “hill” to make it qualify as a mountain;
- The writer created the script from a story his grandfather told him about Garth Hill in Wales; since the film, the visitors to that site have increased.
It’s interesting how this showcases the lecture’s point about a community’s ties to mountains. It seems this community’s attachment to its mountain went from a family story to a popular film.