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When I’ve seen Count Arthur Strong on television, I do tend to watch the odd episode, but I never seem to have the time to stick with it. Reviewing Count Arthur Strong: The Complete Third Series though has allowed me to take time with it, and give it the chance it deserves.
In the third series of Count Arthur Strong, we see the character played by creator Steve Delaney along with his friends making Michael Baker’s (Rory Kinnear) life complicated. Whether it is Strong joining Scientology, performing an exorcism or going on a day trip, things are never normal in the world of Count Arthur Strong.
Having not experienced the radio show beginnings of Count Arthur Strong, my view on the character is that created in the television show. The character himself takes some getting used to, »
- Paul Metcalf
Volker Schlöndorff’s scalding film of The Tin Drum shared the Palme d’Or with Apocalypse Now in 1979. The director turns 78 next month and is no longer at the peak of his powers. But Return to Montauk proves that he still has it in him to startle and wrongfoot an audience.
What appears to be a clunky, tasteful, middle-aged rehash of Before Sunset, with two former lovers reunited after one of them writes a novel about their affair, turns out at the eleventh hour to have a sting in its tail. Schlöndorff and the novelist Cólm Toibín wrote the screenplay, which is adapted in part from the memoir Montauk by the late Swiss playwright and novelist Max Frisch, to whom the picture is dedicated. »
- Ryan Gilbey
Return To Montauk set at Lincoln Center Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
While filming Return To Montauk (Rückkehr Nach Montauk) in New York last spring, Volker Schlöndorff spoke to me on the set. His film will have its world premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival in a couple of weeks. We discussed shooting in Berlin with Niels Arestrup and Stellan Skarsgård, connecting Sam Shepard to Max Frisch, Brooklyn author Colm Tóibín's Henry James in his novel The Master, Proust beyond Jeremy Irons in Swann In Love, shopping for clothes, Nina Hoss and Bronagh Gallagher at Lincoln Center, and what's in an affair.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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