Tuesday, October 26, 2010

if not for them

playwright john osborne's masterpiece may have many namesakes, other than this here blog. osborne defined a new wave in british theatre, creating a platform for 'angry young men' to unleash their dissatisfaction on willing audiences. his play 'look back in anger' is pure vitriol wrapped up in very tender need. when i first saw the film, starring richard burton and mary ure, i was a changed person.

burton's performance is chillingly smart and goes even further than his role as 'george' in 'who's afraid of virginia woolf.' mary's character is deeply hurt, helpless, and beautifully resurrected. beware.

here they are: osborne, mary ure, vivien leigh and laurence olivier.

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