Wednesday, July 11, 2007

In Memory: Laurence Olivier

Today is Wednesday, 11 July 2007.

On this date in 1989, Laurence Olivier died.

Theatre, acting, has consumed much of your author’s life (some would say all of it: “When hasn’t he been on stage?”).

Word. Word up.

We are all always on stage, presenting our various personas to one another, hoping to excite love, hate, indifference …

Herewith, two takes in Olivier’s honour.

First, Richard III. Note how cunningly he makes eye contact through the camera.

Now, pure delight. The Boys From Brazil. Olivier and Gregory Peck. This works on so many levels. Notice again the extraordinary use of the eyes by both Olivier and Peck.


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