The Dresser

The Dresser

DVD - 2004
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Film adaptation of Harwood's play about an aging English actor/manager, his dresser, and their theatre company touring England during WWII.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2004
ISBN: 9781404950771
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 16, 2019

Courtenay's performance almost salvages this version of Harwood's play but the director's melodramatic approach threatens to turn even his performance into caricature. Not that Finney needs any encouragement to overact and his lead is readily taken up by the rest of the cast. There's always a tendency towards exaggeration when actors play actors and neither of the two filmed versions are completely convincing, but the McKellen/Hopkins version makes a far better fist of it.

veganbaker Oct 07, 2015

One of my all time favorites. Albert Finny and Tom Courtney give ravishing performances in this gorgeous film. Knowing King Lear doesn't hurt to appreciate the art imitating life with the Dresser as Sirs Fool and Madge ( the terrific Eileen Atkins) encompassing parts Kent parts Cordelia with a little bit of Gonereil thrown in,,, but not really... Whatever. .. It's a funny and ultimately painfully honest depiction of mutual Love for The Theatre. And of course for William Shakespeare.

May 08, 2015

This film included two of the five Oscar nominees for best actor (Albert Finney and Tom Courtney). Maybe these two wiped each other out and allowed Robert Duvall to win for his portrayal in Tender Mercies. I’ll have to see Tender Mercies once again, as I have a hard time believing Duvall was a better actor that year. A bonus for this film was to see Finney play various Shakespearian roles, so you get more than just a film about a Shakespearian actor possibly suffering from the madness of “being” tragic Shakespearian characters for thousands of live performances.

Dec 04, 2011

Brilliant performances about an aging Shakespeare lead actor and his assistance/dresser ... much better than King's Speech in mho.


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