I wish these kind of articles included his best/probably less famous performances. They mention Patrick Melrose (by the way, not an “eccentric genius” like they claim. Probably the writer hasn’t even watched it) but it’s only about his movie work,
I like the description of his Julian Assange as a “charismatic cult leader” It was indeed a great performance and the last scene with him talking directly to the camera is hypnotic. You indeed doesn’t know exactly if he is some kind of hero/martyr or a fanatic. It would be interesting comparing it with, for example, Dominic Cummings. You know, a character in the other side of the political spectrum. Assange is charismatic and a leader and it’s, as played by BC, pure passion and sincere(?) idealism meanwhile Cummings is a strategist, someone in the shadows who actually moves the strings. He is more cold and contained but both characters at certain point have their moment of pure madness and full ambiguity (Did Cummings really believed he was hearing the voice of the people on the street or, you know, he is just a madman?) Of course, both productions are about very controversial issues and it’s very difficult that people watch them objectively! Successful or not, they were better daring choices.
Talking about him playing political characters that seem messianic but are or could be actually nihilistic madmen. Someone remember the BBC’s radio adaptation of Dostoevsky’s The Devils? He plays the charismatic potential leader of the revolution but also decadent, nihilistic murderer and aristocrat Nikolai Stavrogin. That was really good!
Anyone want to do a readalong/watchalong of some past books/shows? Or future?
I love this idea and would definitely join in if everyone wanted to do it. The TPOTD discussions were great. I think you'll have some of this as so many of you will be going to DS2. Perhaps after that when things are quieter on the BC front, we can fill the gap with a watch/read-along.
Perfect. We can discuss later. If anyone is interested and has an ereader, Standard ebooks has the 3 books out of the 5 part Richard Hannay series for free download, including the 39 Steps. Additionally, they have the first 3 out of the 4 Parade's End books.
1. Patrick Melrose 2. Peter Guilliam in TTSS 3. Richard III in The Hollow Crown 4. Christopher Titjens in Parade's End 5. Stephen in The Child in Time 6. The husband in Wreckers 7. Van Gogh 8. Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen 9. Martin Crieff in Cabin Pressure 10. The polemic Dominic Cummings in Brexit.
1. Phil Burbank, The Power of the Dog. 2. Patrick Melrose, Patrick Melrose 3. Christopher Titjens, Parade's End. 4. Peter Guilliam, TTSS 5. Richard III, The Hollow Crown 6. Stephen, The Child in Time 7. Husband, Wreckers. 8. Werner Heisenger, Copenhagen/Nikolai Stavrogin, The Possessed 9. Louis Wain, The Electric Life of Louis Wain. 10. William Pitt The Younger, Amazing Grace.