Saturday, 19 July 2014
The wonderful "Beckett", made in 1964 and starring Richard Burton in the title role with Peter O'Toole as the weak, petulant but ultimately vicious Henry 11.
Back in the day I was under the spell of the Burton voice and added to that the beautiful blue eyes of O'toole, which had it not been an excellent film with 1st rate acting would still have coaxed the price of a good seat from my shabby purse.
The original un-edited film lasted for about three hours, today's trunkated for tv version was still a hefty 2hours and 20 minutes.
How faithful the dialogue is to the Anouilh play I don't know, but the witty barbed comments of the two lead characters illustrate beautifully just how intelligent Beckett was and how devious Henry.
Not historically faithful it is still an intriguing picture of these two Titans of Norman England.
Despite the occasional whiff of 1960's England the film stands the test of time well and for anyone who missed it, well worth the cost of a DVD. (I'm sure there must be one)
If this oppressive weather ever relents i shall return to sanity (and a shed-load of work)
Retreats back under stone.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 5:18:00 pm