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Marie-Louise Voyson
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Charles Lagarde
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Isabelle Lagarde
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Philippe Voyson
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Fernand Lagarde
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As revealed by Robert Osborne on a TCM airing of this installment, both Paul Lukas and Mary Astor (Oscar-winners in their own right) found working with Method-acting adherent James Dean troublesome. He would mumble lines and ad-lib during rehearsals, "saving" his performance for the live broadcast. In Astor's autobiography, she quoted Austrian Lukas as having referred to Dean "dat inconsiderate vhippersnapper!" See more »

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Silly and Sentimental
30 September 2015 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A wonderful cast tackles a short play by Henri Bernstein in translation in a television production for which, clearly, no expense was spared -- players, set design and costumes are clearly top notch for the era. Unfortunately, the play, while well enough written, concerns itself not with people, but with clichés.It is all so simple and neat that it is not particularly engaging to watch.

Bernstein did not put up happily with critics who were harsh with his works. Well, in my editorial work I have dealt with a lot of writers who react poorly to even constructive criticism, starting with me. Bernstein's works were written for a well-to-do Parisian audience, and people find nothing so fascinating as to see themselves or people like themselves on stage. They assign depth and subtlety to the characters that the author did not write. Does this make poor writing seem better, or is it part of the craft, to leave enough blank spaces to force the audience to fill them in, engaging them in the act of creation? Arguably so.

It does mean a lack of universality. Once you offer this work to people who cannot do that filling in, an audience foreign to the original, in place or time, the work becomes incomprehensible It's why comedy of manners so rarely survives its original audience. It's why this one seems so dull.


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