The Peaky Blinders – Horses in Brilliant TV Pictures
The Peaky Blinders – racehorses, mobsters and shades of dark grey. In the Peaky Blinders TV series, the tweed caps are spiked with sharp objects to punch cuts and scratches into the opponents’ faces. The brilliant BBC series depicts life on the streets of Birmingham in the aftermath of the First World War.
Thomas Shelby is the head of the Peaky Blinders gang of villains in England. Arms dealing, gang wars, cashing in on businessmen and rigged horse races are all part of the Shelby family repertoire. Together with his aunt Polly, Thomas controls the streets of Birmingham. Like Thomas, many men in the ranks of his gang, the workers and the police are plagued with memories from their experiences in the First World War. Whisky and opium are their friends, and fights are good for getting even – all filmed with great aesthetics, like a choreography. In general, this top-class TV series is visually designed as something between a moving genre painting and a moral drawing. In some sequences it looks like a music video or advertising film of the highest level. Peaky Blinders – Gangs of Birmingham has a special rhythm and flow which, underlined by popular music, takes us through the socio-politically heated atmosphere of the period after the First World War.
The intros of the first and second episodes of the first season are grandiose, when Thomas Shelby rides his black horse through the streets of Birmingham underlined by Red Right Hand by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. To the same sounds we see the gang boss driving his car through the green foothills of the city and a boy washing a white horse with water in the glaring sunlight before the ensuing action culminates in a brawl with the Lee family.
Whether Thomas comes to terms with his former best friend, the communist who impregnated his sister and the beautiful barmaid who doesn’t seem to be what she claims to be? Where all the intrigues, the entanglements with the IRA and the police, the greed for filthy lucre lead can also be discovered on DVD.
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