Posted by MMMMarcia on September 15, 2000 at 18:17:48:
In Reply to: DDL's compelling characters posted by Linda S. Karam on September 15, 2000 at 15:19:54:
: I've just viewed two of DDL's films I have not seen in a while: My Beautiful Laundrette and My Left Foot. He is superb -- I need new adjectives, a new language for his talent. I nearly cried for him in MBL -- the street kid soft as mush underneath, aching for his love object, closeting the love that dare not speak its name. He broke me heart.
: I introduced a 25-yr-old friend to MLF -- the same friend I've been delighting with LOTM bloopers. Of course he was astounded at the diverse characters that DDL developed.
: Ain't movies grand? Gore Vidal says that American cinema is all this country will be remembered for.
You KNOW I can't resist any post regaling the many talents of my very favorite actor. He's astounding, isn't he? I loved My Left Foot, but though I thought him wonderful in Laundrette, I just didn't like the movie. I think it is the fact that I'm a sucker for visually lush cinematography, and that hand-held camera & grainy, porn-film look of Laundrette didn't do it for me. It wasn't the theme of the story, though some folks would find that hard to take. I actually thought the story pretty good. I just didn't like the look the thing. It has quite a following, I believe, so it's obviously just me. I don't care for The Incredible Lightness of Being, either, and that's one that many people just rave about. I WANTED to like it, since it has not only DDL but the wonderful Juliette Binoche in it. But as I have often posted before, my husband and I call it The Incredible Longness of Movie.
But be that as it may, he is such a chameleon, our Daniel. The look of him changes so completely from one film to another, it's mind-boggling. And other than those 2, I think I've loved every other film I've seen him in, including the obscure ones like Eversmile, NJ, and Stars & Bars. Part of my fascination with his acting skill is that you cannot reconcile a Cecil Vyse with a Christy Brown with a Nathaniel Poe with a Newland Archer. The looks, the mannerisms, the voice, everyting...completely different.
There's nobody like him, and I sure would like to see him in something new SOON!
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