The Overcoat

A review of The Overcoat by Rob Mason

The story narrates the life and death of titular councillor Akaky Akakievich an impoverished government clerk and copyist in the Russian capital of St. Petersburg. Akaky is dedicated to his job, though little recognized in his department for his hard work. Instead, the younger clerks tease him and attempt to distract him whenever they can. His threadbare overcoat is often the butt of their jokes. Akaky decides it is necessary to have the coat repaired, so he takes it to his tailor, Petrovich, who declares the coat irreparable, telling Akaky he must buy a new overcoat.
Russian author Nikolai Gogol, published in 1842.

Bespoke Overcoat, The (1956) — (Movie Clip) You’re A Good Tailor
Opening director Jack Clayton’s adaptation of the play by Wolf Mankowitz, suggested by a Gogol story, the 1956 Academy Award winner for Best Short Subject, David Kossoff as underpaid London jewish tailor Morrie, from The Bespoke Overcoat, co-starring Alfie Bass.

What do we consider most humane?-- To spare someone shame. (Friedrich Nietzsche)