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2 items from 2009

Playing Iconic Roles

20 November 2009 4:07 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, Williams, Miller—all these playwrights and many more wrote memorable roles that over time have become iconic. For example, when we think of Stanley, we think Brando. Certain lines, too, carry extra weight. You know the ones I mean: "Stelllllaaa!," "To be or not to be," and so on.Actors generally take one of two approaches to such roles. Either they "steal" from others' performances, stage or film, at some point during rehearsals or the run, or else they studiously avoid seeing anyone else in the role and try to erase their memories of others' performances from their mind. For some, though, the course they follow depends on the role itself."It seems everyone who's ever played Dottie Ottley has won a Tony," sighs Deborah Strang, who was in rehearsal for "Noises Off" at Los Angeles' A Noise Within when I called her. Judi Dench is one »

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"10 Rillington Place" Now At Film Forum, New York

27 June 2009 11:04 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By David Savage

Normal 0 false false false En-us X-none X-none MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Sir Richard Attenborough's directorial career is studded with such achievements as Gandhi, A Bridge Too Far, Magic and Chaplin, among others, but his role as an actor has been no less affecting, if under-appreciated. His performances such films as The Sand Pebbles (1966) and Conduct Unbecoming (1975) have played an integral part in making those classics. Even in supporting roles, such as 1993's Jurassic Park, his presence lends the film an air of gravitas and credibility that few other actors can bring. However, one of his finest lead roles goes rarely seen these days: as infamous British serial killer John Christie in 10 Rillington Place (1970), directed by Richard Fleischer and co-starring a young John Hurt. Currently screening through July 2nd in a newly restored 35mm print at New York's Film Forum, this film version of a true story is a definite don't-miss, »

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