REVIEW: Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story

May 13, 2022 | Series Reviews

Netflix isn't about to let a villain loose. Jimmy Savile died at 84 without anyone knowing the truth about him, and that's why this documentary keeps you interested to know how a man revered almost as a somewhat flamboyant saint could have had such a shadowy hidden life. Watching this two-part docuseries by British filmmaker Rowan Deacon(The Case of Sally Challen), it's easy to be reminded of a very luminous idea by writer C.S. Lewis, who warned that when we treat men as if they were gods, we turn them into devils. Jimmy Savile was different, friendly and bold in all the social initiatives he launched thanks to a prime-time television program for more than 40 years. He was named English "lord" and had close friendships with Margaret Thatcher, Prince Charles, and was even received by The Beatles and John Paul II.

This documentary leaves some imposing gaps, especially the murky relationship with his mother, which it is suggested may be one of the fundamental reasons for his unhealthy sexual affections for minors and mentally injured patients. The director succeeds however in recovering images from Saville's television programs that not only contextualize his popularity, but also show obvious signs of perversion in constant and evident live insinuations. The docuseries thus shows a superficiality of the media and viewers, who on many occasions override their critical judgment in the face of the charisma of an overwhelmingly successful star. In the second chapter there are some unnecessary details in the description of the unhealthy deviations of the protagonist, but the screenwriter Patrick Smith does not emphasize or emphasize these behaviors, letting the story gain dramatic force and make people reflect without the need to give all the protagonism to morbidity.

Signature: Claudio Sánchez

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