Portrait de l’écrivain Albert CAMUS à travers des témoignages de ses confrères, de ses familiers et de ses compagnons de résistance : Louis Guilloux, Jean Pelegri, Mouloud Mammeri, Edmond Charlot, Jacqueline Bernard, Jules Roy, Jean Daniel, Francis Jeanson, Suzanne Agnelli . La vie de l’auteur est retracée et les principaux thèmes de son oeuvre sont évoqués : la Méditerranée et l’amour de la nature, le divorce entre l’homme et le monde, la révolte contre l’oppression et la revendication de liberté. Lecture de réflexions de Camus sur l’art du comédien par Catherine Sellers, extraits répétition des “Justes” par Ludmilla Mikaël, Yves Fabrice, Niels Arestrup. Continue reading
Making its debut with Romeo and Juliet on 3 December 1978, and concluding nearly seven years later with Titus Andronicus on 27 April 1985, the BBC Television Shakespeare project was the single most ambitious attempt at bringing the Bard of Avon to the small screen, both at the time and to date.
Producer Cedric Messina was already an experienced producer of one-off television Shakespeare presentations, and was thus ideally qualified to present the BBC with a daunting but nonetheless enticingly simple proposition: a series of adaptations, staged specifically for television, of all 36 First Folio plays, plus Pericles (The Two Noble Kinsmen was considered primarily John Fletcher’s work, and the legitimacy of Edward III was still being debated).
The scale of Messina’s proposal, far greater than that of previous multi-part Shakespeare series such as An Age of Kings (BBC, 1960) and Spread of the Eagle (BBC, 1963), required an American partner in order to guarantee access to the US market, deemed essential for the series to recoup its costs. Time-Life Television agreed to participate, but under certain controversial conditions – that the productions be traditional interpretations of the plays in appropriately Shakespearean period costumes and sets, designed to fit a two-and-a-half-hour time slot. Continue reading
Stassin taught the gentlemen of the region the art of the sword from an early age, with the help of her very beautiful daughter, Claire. The Count Of Savigny, newly married to the fragile Delphine, must have a sword fight with Claire. A mutual passion is born from this meeting. The lovers then imagine an evil plan to get rid of the annoying wife… Continue reading
Art expert Gene Barry finds himself involved in international intrigue aboard the Istanbul Express as several agencies vie for a scientist’s papers. Who can he trust? Continue reading
Complete 7-part, 290-minute BBC miniseries plus BBC interview – John Le Carre – The Secret Centre
Complex but compelling, this miniseries is based upon one of John Le Carré’s greatest works and serves as a grand summing-up for the late Sir Alec Guinness, one of Britain’s greatest actors. Guinness literally is Smiley: Le Carré said that Guinness served as a template for the character’s cunning and mournful rectitude. In anyone else’s hands, Smiley might have seemed a blank and lifeless character, but Guinness’ matchless ability to play within a scene while seeming to think well beyond it is magnetic. Guinness was the great everyman and underplayer of the generation that gave us such great British Shakespearean actors as Olivier, Richardson, and Gielgud. He’s helped, too, by sharp dialogue lifted almost word-for-word from the book and terrific supporting performances (particularly an entirely silent but amazingly communicative Patrick Stewart, who has a cameo as Karla), which almost entirely obscure the fact that the miniseries largely consists of people sitting in rooms talking. It’s a literate treat that brings to life the gray morality and conflicting loyalties of the Cold War. Be advised: viewers can get lost in the intricate plot if they don’t pay close attention.
– Nick Sambides, Jr. Continue reading
Two handed chamber piece about a middle aged woman who returns from the camps after WWII and meets the mother of her deceased husband. Unable to explain the truth about her husband’s death, Joanna weaves a web of lies to comfort the old woman. In time she is forced to involve more and more people who know of his fate. Continue reading
Superb!, 30 June 2005
A terrific show, Danger Man. Just how terrific was it? Several of the scripts were recycled for use in color episodes of The Saint. But the originals in Danger Man are the best. As for Patrick McGoohan, he has never surpassed his role in this series. And, yes, that statement applies to his over-hyped and underwhelming portrayal as Number Six in The Prisoner. All the Danger Man episodes, including the earlier run of 30 minute episodes, are available on DVD. And that’s probably the only way anyone will ever see them in this day and age, as even cable channels are now becoming averse to running black and white hour long dramas from forty or more years ago. Continue reading