Stanley, a pianist, lives in a cheap boarding-house near the sea and never talks about himself. But the past catches up with him when Mr. Goldberg and Mr. McCann arrive - clearly, they don't wish him well.

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Stanley, a pianist, lives in a cheap boarding-house near the sea and never talks about himself. But the past catches up with him when Mr. Goldberg and Mr. McCann arrive - clearly, they don't wish him well.

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21 June 1987 (UK)  »

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Plowright is the life of "The Party"
26 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Joan Plowright pitches her Meg very nicely with perfect mix of ignorance, flirtation, and maternal manipulation. Cast includes a very creepy McCann by Colin Blakely and a young Julie Walters with a eerie resemblance to Samantha Morton. Regretfully the only slightly miscasting is Mr Pinter himself who's accent is all over the map. Interestingly his Goldberg is dressed in typical Pinter fashion ( blue blazer and cravat), as if he wants us to be conscientiously aware of his duel presences. As a time capsule it's really wonderful to see the master working within his own words even though he's never totally convincing as the menace he's called to be.

Production is nicely directed without feeling too theatrical, highlighting the kitchen sink aesthetic with excellent lighting and superb TV editing. Especially like the camera's subtly lower perspective


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