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1 of the Greatest Actors of the Studio Era Has His TCM Month

1 of the Greatest Actors of the Studio Era Has His TCM Month
Ronald Colman: Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month in two major 1930s classics Updated: Turner Classic Movies' July 2017 Star of the Month is Ronald Colman, one of the finest performers of the studio era. On Thursday night, TCM presented five Colman star vehicles that should be popping up again in the not-too-distant future: A Tale of Two Cities, The Prisoner of Zenda, Kismet, Lucky Partners, and My Life with Caroline. The first two movies are among not only Colman's best, but also among Hollywood's best during its so-called Golden Age. Based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, Jack Conway's Academy Award-nominated A Tale of Two Cities (1936) is a rare Hollywood production indeed: it manages to effectively condense its sprawling source, it boasts first-rate production values, and it features a phenomenal central performance. Ah, it also shows its star without his trademark mustache – about as famous at the time as Clark Gable's. Perhaps
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1974 South Riding TV adaptation was stellar | Letters

Susanna Rustin’s article on Winifred Holtby (Scenes from provincial life, Review, 14 January) was excellent, except that it mentioned only two dramatisations of Holtby’s novel South Riding – the 1938 film and the BBC’s 2011 adaptation. Good though these were, there must be many people like myself, born and brought up in the area, who feel that both were outshone by Yorkshire TV’s 1974 serial. It was adapted from the novel by Stan Barstow and superbly acted by a cast including Dorothy Tutin, Nigel Davenport, Hermione Baddeley and Clive Swift. Much of it was filmed locally, and it captured the atmosphere of the area and the essence of the East Riding characters brilliantly. It can still be watched with pleasure and it deserved to be mentioned.

Jean Williams

Swanland, East Riding, Yorkshire

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Joan of Arc: God’s Warrior – review: a vital corrective on the Maid of Orleans

Dr Helen Castor stripped away the layers of myth and legend to give us the barest, cleanest bones of this astonishing story

My image of Joan of Arc lies somewhere between the black and white photograph of Dorothy Tutin on the front of my A-level copy of Jean Anouilh’s The Lark and Milla Jovovich gangling androgynously through Luc Besson’s The Messenger. For all those similarly in need of correction on the subject of the Maid of Orleans, last night was our night.

In Joan of Arc: God’s Warrior (BBC2), Dr Helen Castor stripped away the accreted layers of subsequent interpretation, myth and legend to give us the barest, cleanest bones she could of what is, even at its sparest, an astonishing story. Deep in the 100 Years’ War and the Armagnac countryside, a teenage peasant girl hears the voice of God and his angels telling her to
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Geraldine McEwan: mischievously witty, from Mrs Malaprop to Miss Marple

McEwan, who has died aged 82, excelled in an extraordinary range of roles, always displaying impeccable timing

Related: Geraldine McEwan obituary

My first sighting of Geraldine McEwan was as Olivia in Peter Hall’s 1958 Stratford Twelfth Night. At the time Olivia tended to be played as a figure of mature grief: McEwan was young, sparky, witty and clearly brimming with desire for Dorothy Tutin’s pageboy Viola. In contrast, one of my last impressions of McEwan was as the frisky, quivering Old Woman in Simon McBurney’s brilliant 1997 revival of Ionesco’s The Chairs.

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Victim Star Wrote Caustic, Opinionated Letters Re: Redgrave, Attenborough, Gielgud and More

Dirk Bogarde: ‘Victim’ star took no prisoners in his letters to Dilys Powell Letters exchanged between film critic Dilys Powell and actor Dirk Bogarde — one of the most popular and respected British performers of the twentieth century, and the star of seminal movies such as Victim, The Servant, Darling, and Death in Venice — reveals that Bogarde was considerably more caustic and opinionated in his letters than in his (quite bland) autobiographies. (Photo: Dirk Bogarde ca. 1970.) As found in Dirk Bogarde’s letters acquired a few years ago by the British Library, among the victims of the Victim star (sorry) were Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave (Julia), a "ninny" who was “so utterly beastly to [Steaming director Joseph Losey] that he finally threw his script at her face”; and veteran stage and screen actor — and Academy Award winner — John Gielgud (Arthur), who couldn’t "understand half of Shakespeare" despite being renowned for his stage roles in Macbeth,
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Buster Keaton, Night Of The Living Dead, Young Frankenstein: Packard Campus Oct. 2010 Schedule

Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Alida Valli, Angela Lansbury, The Man Who Laughs: Packard Campus Oct. 2010 Packard Campus schedule and film synopses (via press release): Friday, October 1 (7:30 p.m.) BBC Sunday Night Play: Colombe (BBC-tv, 1960) Library of Congress Discovers Lost British TV Treasures Based on the original Broadway production of the play "Mademoiselle Colombe" by Jean Anouilh. Directed by Naomi Capon. With Sean Connery & Dorothy Tutin.  Black & White, 102 min.   Saturday, October 2 (7:30 p.m.) Sons Of The Desert (Hal Roach-MGM, 1933) When Stan and Ollie trick their wives into thinking that they are taking a medicinal cruise while they're actually going to a convention, the wives find out the truth the hard way. Comedy.  Directed by William A. Seiter. With Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and Charley Chase.  Black & White, 68 min.   Also on the program: Maids ala Mode (Hal Roach, 1933) starring Zasu Pitts [...]
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Lost tapes of classic British television found in the Us

Treasure trove of drama from the 'golden age of television' discovered in Library of Congress after more than 40 years

A rediscovered haul of television dramas that has been lost for 40 years or more is set to change the way we think about many of Britain's biggest acting stars.

The extraordinary cache of televised plays – described by experts as "an embarrassment of riches" – features performances from a cavalcade of postwar British stars. The list includes John Gielgud, Sean Connery, Gemma Jones, Dorothy Tutin, Robert Stephens, Susannah York, John Le Mesurier, Peggy Ashcroft, Patrick Troughton, David Hemmings, Leonard Rossiter, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith and Jane Asher. The tapes have been unearthed in the Library of Congress in Washington DC.

After months of negotiation, the library and the New York-based public service television station Wnet have agreed to allow the British Film Institute in London to showcase the highlights in November, an occasion
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A Salute to the 64th Annual Tony Awards

Though the economy was still in dire straits, Broadway carried on during the 2009-10 season, with visits from such high-voltage marquee names as Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, Christopher Walken, Denzel Washington, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liev Schreiber, and Scarlett Johansson. A little group called Green Day rocked Broadway's world with the stage adaptation of the band's hit album "American Idiot," Twyla Tharp paid tribute to Frank Sinatra in "Come Fly Away," and Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins formed a "Million Dollar Quartet." "Fela!," Bill T. Jones' combination dance party, concert, and musical biography, transferred to the Main Stem from its Off-Broadway run, as did Geoffrey Nauffts' tender and moving play "Next Fall." "Red" and "Time Stands Still" offered searing portraits of artists coping with crises, while Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room or the vibrator play" captured the repressive Victorian era. Broadway fare also
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Geoffrey Reeve obituary

Film-maker associated with Michael Caine

The film director and producer Geoffrey Reeve, who has died aged 77, contributed polished examples of mainstream British cinema in a variety of forms over several decades.

He was born in Tring, Hertfordshire, the son of a compositor who would cycle each day to the printworks in nearby King's Langley. A bright pupil at the local primary, Reeve won a county council scholarship to Berkhamsted school where he excelled in sports, academic subjects and school plays. He was also a notable chorister, an experience he would put to good use for the subplot of the film Shadow Run 50 years later.

After national service with the 7th Royal Tank Regiment in Hong Kong, he went to Exeter College, Oxford, in 1953 to read law. His singing voice and his gift for comic acting made him a useful addition to Oxford's drama and revue companies, and he was apparently
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Letter: Jean Simmons obituary

W Stephen Gilbert writes: Not being so much of a theatregoer, David Thomson omits one of Jean Simmons's most significant performances in his typically shrewd obituary (25 January). In 1975, she led the cast in the first London production of the Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music.

We already knew from the movie of Guys and Dolls that Simmons, though not possessed of a trained voice, could charmingly if a little perilously carry a tune. This was exactly the requirement for the vocal appeal of Desiree Armfeldt, the role originally written for Glynis Johns. The character's signature number, Send in the Clowns (still Sondheim's most widely known and recorded), works much better in near-sprechgesang than if sung full out, as many usually unimpeachable singers have demonstrated. Simmons was also perfectly cast for that natural quality that Thomson identifies, the proper manner belied by hints of mischief.

Dorothy Tutin and Judi Dench
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