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Remembering Max Jaffa
A peculiarly British musical icon
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Peter
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Max Jaffa was an institution in the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough and this short film encapsulates his appeal. It comes courtesy of the British Film Institute.

Max Jaffa - Yorkshire TV - BFI

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Unfortunately, we can't watch it here in the US...or anywhere outside the UK. When I tried to access it, I got this message:

Location not authorised

BFI Player films cannot be played outside of the UK

I guess if one has a VPN and sets it to a location within the UK they could watch it.

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Oh dear.

That's not a sensible restriction if the BFI wish to promote British TV and film ('movies') internationally.

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Difficult to remember if I know him from Goonshow interludes, or only from the Bonzos.

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Gordon Shumway said
Difficult to remember if I know him from Goonshow interludes, or only from the Bonzos.

  

He was a left-over from the great British music-hall heritage, so I'd favour the Goons. No, wait...

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I'm probably confusing him with Max Geldray.

I'm sure the Bonzos were being purely ironic.

The docu is bizarre for having been made 10 years after punk and in the middle of the Thatcher era, and nothing looked as though it had changed since the 1930s! And then Big Daddy!

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It's difficult to forget how inventive and fun the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band were (I give their name in full for the younger and less British readers) but easy to see how anachronistic Yorkshire can be, writing as someone with Rotherham ethnicity. It's difficult to have the charm without the twee.

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"A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in" - Frederick the Great

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Peter, the film can't be watched outside of the UK. ☹️

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Yes, Jim ( @MoonShadows ) found that, too.

It's a pity that the British Film Institute were so short-sighted as to limit the audience to the UK. There may be licensing issues with the TV company which made the movie, or the outfit which presently owns the rights.

In a nutshell, Max Jaffa was a showman who did summer seasons in the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough. He had a fiercely loyal following of fans (mostly of a certain age), and played a wide range of light classics and music-hall numbers. His repertoire was impressive, and each nightly show didn't contain repeat material within a couple of weeks. He often sprung sudden changes to the line-up of numbers at the pre-show meeting, and the orchestra were expected to comply. They always did.

Max was a very competent fiddler who was something of a household name in the UK between the 1950s until the early 1980s. As @Gordon Shumway alludes above, the mythos surrounding him was somewhat anachronistic.

Peter

"It is vain to do with more that which can be done with less"  - William of Ockham

"A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in" - Frederick the Great

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