Cinema: The Pyramid Climber

"It's a sorry sight to see the English at their pleasures," observes an Irish Liverpudlian in The Reckoning. Sorrier still it is to see the dislocated Hibernians at theirs. For the ancients, there is the public house where they undergo the peculiar process Yeats called "withering into truth." For the film's protagonist, Michael Marler (Nicol Williamson), there is London pyramid climbing—ascending corporate strata by using the bow-and-scrape to superiors and the knee-in-groin against competitors.

Smarmy beggar, this Marler; one would walk a block out of one's way to cut him dead. Put him down in a maze or a sewer and he...

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