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Post  Saint George on Tue 25 Apr 2017, 9:11 am

The central character of A Canterbury Tale is Thomas Colpeper aka the Glue Man. Right from the start of the movie, Colpeper makes it clear that the village of Chillingbourne is his territory where he orders that all visitors must report to the Town Hall. Even though it was a time of war, his behaviour went way beyond emergency powers. Colpeper is a self proclaimed MORAL DEFENDER OF CHILLINGBOURNE treating the people of the village as if they were his subjects. He is obsessed with local history even defending "Pouring knowledge into peoples' heads, by force, if necessary!" However, Colpeper's invitations to his lectures are not extended to the women of the village. As the Glue Man, he is the terror of the night, attacking any woman who dares to date the soldiers who would otherwise attend his lectures. To Colpeper, pouring glue on a woman's hair is a form of humiliation, a way of marking her body, and a warning to other women who ignore his standards. After being exposed as the Glue Man, Colpeper is remorseful for his silly behaviour and does indeed invite the girls to his lectures. And who knows, he could have eventually found himself a history loving wife among all those female attendees.



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Post  Miss Honey on Wed 26 Apr 2017, 4:16 am

The Glue Man lives with his mother - not a great start for a "normal" life. If he tried pouring glue on my hair I would turn him into a soprano!! Shocked

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Post  Andrew Wilson on Wed 26 Apr 2017, 10:39 am

Any man who attacks a woman like that is obviously a taco short of a combination plate, regardless of his reasoning. I think the Glue Man's actions reflect his need to have power over women, otherwise he would have felt inadequate.
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Post  Miss Honey on Thu 27 Apr 2017, 1:27 am

The Glue Man had his way with 11 female victims, Alison being the last before Colpeper's confession. I noticed that all the women who were named as the victims were not petite in any way, but rather strong characters who were doing their part for the war effort. Girls like Fee Baker, Polly Finn, Gwladys Swinton, and Dorothy Bird were no nonsense in their attitude when interviewed by Alison. They could have fought back the Glue Man and won especially considering they would have been out with a soldier at the time of the attacks. So how could old sticky fingers get away with it so many times??
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Post  Saint George on Thu 27 Apr 2017, 8:56 am

Miss Honey wrote:So how could old sticky fingers get away with it so many times??

I actually agree with you about those victims being strong female characters, but you must remember that fate played its part in allowing Colpeper to escape after each attack. It was very much destined for him to get punished in the end. Anyway, Fee Baker knew how to handle the Glue Man: PLENTY OF HOT WATER. Exclamation Exclamation
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Post  Miss Honey on Sat 29 Apr 2017, 8:44 am

HOT water?? That's a sure way of suffering second degree burns!! Warm water makes more sense. But soap hasn't enough cleansing power to help wash away the glue.
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Post  Country Boy on Mon 01 May 2017, 2:08 am

A little birdy told me that WD-40 with warm water is excellent for washing out glue from hair.

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Post  Miss Honey on Mon 01 May 2017, 9:15 am

Country Boy wrote:A little birdy told me that WD-40 with warm water is excellent for washing out glue from hair.

Thanks for the tip, but I hope I'll never have cause to use it on my hair, just my squeaky doors!!
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Post  Andrew Wilson on Wed 03 May 2017, 4:32 am

Bob Johnson knew how to deal with the Glue Man!

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Post  Richard Young on Thu 04 May 2017, 3:58 am

Put that gun away, this is Chillingbourne not Chicago!! Shocked Shocked
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Post  Andrew Wilson on Sat 06 May 2017, 5:05 am

Richard Young wrote:Put that gun away, this is Chillingbourne not Chicago!!

Say, what kind of a crack is that, I come from San Francisco. Wink
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Post  Miss Honey on Sun 07 May 2017, 5:30 am

When Alison, Peter, and Bob arrive in Chillingbourne, the acting Station Master, Thomas Duckett explains to them it is Mr. Colpeper's orders that "no young lady must go alone at night" without an escort. You would think Duckett would have briefly explained the reason behind Colpeper's orders considering there were ten previous glue attacks on women, instead of leaving the trio in the dark (pun intended). As it was, if Alison didn't have the escort she wouldn't have been attacked by the Glue Man which means Colpeper created his own problem. We all know soldiers make great escorts to protect women from being attacked at night. And there were plenty of soldiers in the village because of the new Army Camp. So what was Colpeper thinking?

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Post  Saint George on Mon 08 May 2017, 5:56 am

Miss Honey wrote:So what was Colpeper thinking?

There's at least two years study when it comes to the inner workings of the mind of the Glue Man. And plenty of different opinions of why he behaved the way he did. Perhaps he really wanted for those women to be caught and punished? It would have given him a rush to have done his "duty" in protecting the local community against scandalous women. pale


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Post  Richard Young on Tue 09 May 2017, 9:58 am

To my mind Colpeper is a misogynist as clearly seen in the first 20 minutes of ACT:

#1. He pours glue onto Alison's hair.

#2. He tells Bob that the Ducking Stool is "very sensibly used to silence talkative women."

#3. He refuses to hire Alison because she is a girl.

The only SENSIBLE thing he does in the first 20 minutes is to request a cup of tea. Cool
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Post  James Brooks on Wed 10 May 2017, 5:23 am

Colpeper's views on women.



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Post  Miss Honey on Thu 11 May 2017, 7:44 am

It would not surprise me if there was a vote in Chillingborne to bring back the Ducking Stool, Colpeper would vote yes. He is that twisted.
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Post  James Brooks on Wed 17 May 2017, 4:59 am

Even a twisted man like Colpeper can have a change of heart as can be seen in his affection for Alison which began when she attended one of his lectures. Upon her arrival at the institute, she received the predictable wolf whistles from the soldiers, but even that didn't bother Colpeper. Later in the lecture he was impressed by her knowledge of the Pilgrims Road. Alison did not tell him that the geologist who had unearthed the old coins was in fact her lover, Geoffrey. The look on Colpeper's face clearly showed his delight when Alison said she would donate the coins to his institute. Later in the film, Alison spots Colpeper on the hill and tells him of the sounds and voices she heard of the old pilgrims. Alison's ability to travel through time to commune with the past convinces Colpeper that she is in tune with history and shares his love for the countryside. In a major change of heart toward a woman, Colpeper invites Alison to sit beside him. There is a hint of romantic chemistry between Colpeper and Alison as he apologizes for being very mistaken about her. Then Alison replies by saying she was mistaken about him, too. When Alison mentions that her "dead" boyfriend loved the hill so much, Colpeper immediately tells her that he also loves it and then asks her if she was engaged. Notice when Alison leans lower into the grass her hair is so close to Colpeper's face that his expression changes to one of guilt for pouring glue onto the hair of such a nature loving girl. The next day, when Alison arrives in Canterbury, she goes to the garage to check on her caravan. While she is there, Colpeper unexpectedly makes an appearance. He tries to comfort Alison who is very upset due to her caravan being in a dilapidated state. When the owner of the garage tells Alison that Geoffrey is living in Gibraltar, she almost faints, but then is filled with joy at the news. However, on hearing that Geoffrey is alive, Colpeper disappears knowing he has lost any chance he had with Alison. In the final cathedral scene, there is a poignant moment when Alison passes by Colpeper whose facial expression clearly indicates his sorrow.

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Post  Miss Honey on Thu 18 May 2017, 12:27 am

I can understand Colpeper having feelings for Alison, but I find it hard to believe she could fall for him considering his views about women and the age difference. I think Alison's admiration for Colpeper was because of his love for the natural world.

"If ever a man looked right, he did."

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Post  Andrew Wilson on Fri 19 May 2017, 4:00 am

I think Colpeper would expect his wife to have a similar personality to his mother - now that's a big call even in those days. Also, he would have been too busy to attend to his wife as can be seen by his active life:

MAGISTRATE

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE

GENTLEMAN FARMER

HOME GUARD

FIRE GUARD

LECTURER

GLUE MAKER


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Post  Richard Young on Tue 23 May 2017, 10:53 am

Don't forget Alison and Geoffrey the geologist spent 13 days on the hill. And it was Colpeper who was instrumental in excavating the famous bend in the Pilgrims Road which really impressed Alison who was more than happy to donate Geoffrey's old coins to the Colpeper Institute.
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Post  Andrew Wilson on Sun 18 Jun 2017, 10:59 am

I was so impressed by the traditional English scene of Colpeper scything, I plan to try it myself.

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Post  Country Boy on Wed 21 Jun 2017, 1:51 am

Do you guys think when Colpeper "generously" gave that one night free accommodation pass to Bob Johnson, he was already planning to monitor his movements while he was in Chillingbourne? The reason I ask is that the very next morning we have young Leslie looking in Bob's bedroom window of the Hand of Glory.

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Post  Saint George on Wed 21 Jun 2017, 11:32 pm

Well, if Colpeper did spy on Bob, he may have had to involve the whole of Leslie's family. We all know Colpeper was a control freak and he used his position of authority to his advantage. Let's remember that Leslie and the other boys had business dealings with Colpeper through the salvage drives. Perhaps by that connection, he may have used his power and money to influence Leslie to do his "dirty work" of spying??

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Post  Miss Honey on Mon 03 Jul 2017, 12:08 am

I agree that Colpeper is a control freak and to some extent shows narcissistic tendencies. He even defends the use of FORCE to pour knowledge into people as if they were naughty children - now that's a sure way of putting people off learning anything from him. His motives are right, but his methods are all wrong.
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Post  Saint George on Sat 22 Jul 2017, 1:31 am

Miss Honey wrote:His motives are right, but his methods are all wrong.

Colpeper thinks of himself as the Sheriff of Chillingbourne who is allowed to use force in an attempt to preserve England's heritage and stop moral decay. Let's remember that A Canterbury Tale celebrates pastoralism while it simultaneously encourages civic support for the war effort. However, despite Colpeper's passionate lectures, his behaviour as the Glue Man actually works against England's interest when viewed from the perspective of a "why we fight" war movie. So obsessed is he with regulating village behaviour during his night time assaults as the Glue Man that he lets a light shine through the Town Hall window in a potentially fatal violation of blackout regulations. "Very careless of me. We take our blackouts seriously in East Kent," he declares to Bob Johnson. Despite wearing a Home Guard uniform, Colpeper doesn't protect the citizens of Chillingbourne, but instead undermines the security of his homeland by exposing it to enemy attack. Yes, his motives are right, but by his transformation into the Glue Man (Jekyll & Hyde), and the use of fear and intimidation, he actually contradicts his own teachings regarding the preservation of England with its wonderful history and beautiful countryside.

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