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> > > Alison Wilde provides in-depth comment on two recent film releases: Song for Marion and Quartet

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film poster for Song for Marion, showing head shots of members of the cast

Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp and Gemma Arterton star in Song for Marion © The Weinstein Company 2012

Themes of impairment and disability are less evident in films about old age, says academic Alison Wilde. Here she examines how their portrayal is used in character development, focusing on two recent releases with a divergent impact.

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film poster shows the cast of quartet, lined up on a lawn outside a large country house

Quartet stars Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay and Pauline Collins. Image

Themes of impairment and disability are less evident in films about old age, says academic Alison Wilde. Here she examines how their portrayal is used in character development, focusing on two recent releases with a divergent impact.