WARNING: THE FIRST TWO VIDEOS ARE NOT FOR KIDS
I only found out about art critic Brian Sewell a couple of days ago at ASIFA Hollywood's Creative League meeting. JoJo played a clip of Sewell on his cel phone, and it was love at first sight...love for Sewell's voice, I mean.
His type is a dying breed in Britain. He speaks what the English used to call BBC English, only it's better than what you hear on the BBC. It's an educated, upper-class accent that the rest of the world admires, but which egalitarian Britain seems determined to eradicate. He plays the English language like a musical instrument. Give a listen to the video above and see if you feel the same way.
Here's (above) the first of a six part YouTube series on Dali, written and narrated by Sewell. Apparently Sewell is gay and had some kind of affair with Dali in the 6os. The title "Dirty Dali" is well deserved. It's a verbally raunchy film that discusses in detail Dali's appalling descent into decadence after WWII. You'll find yourself wincing while listening, but if you're like me the language will keep you glued to your seat.
I watched a couple of other Sewell videos and was surprised to see that so many people regard him as a snob. He doesn't seem that way to me, but then again I'll be awfully disappointed if he's not. He's entitled. It takes a lot of effort to learn to speak like that and the ability to artfully snub other people is his just reward.
Ditto for Terry Thomas (above). Thanks for the video, Mike!!!