Monday, March 12, 2007

Over the weekend ...

... I rented the film Get Carter because I wanted to see John Osborne's performance. I hadn't seen the film in years and, as it happened, the only part of I remembered was the scene at the end where Michael Caine forces his brother's killer to drink a bottle of whiskey. I certainly didn't notice when I saw it the first time that John Osborne was in it. According to John Heilpern in his recent, great biography of Osborne, the playwright was no great shakes as a stage actor. But judging by his performance in Get Carter he could have had a career as a screen actor. In character roles - I don't know that he could have carried a film by himself. He certainly is heartwarmingly evil in Get Carter.

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