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“Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy”. Ian as Bill Haydon, “the dandy of the Circus”. Alec Guinness has the leading role in this memorable series from John Le Carré’s novel but Ian Richardson has without any doubt the best lines. His Bill Haydon is a sarcastic man with a singular sense of humor. I love the way he comes into the meeting room of the Circus with a certain nonchalance, still late, with a cup of tea covered by its saucer. A delightful performance.


The Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel

(ESPN : December 15, Narrated by Mark Hamill)


A Gentleman’s Guide to Kind Hearts and Coronets

Comparing Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) to A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (2013)

Row 1: Louis Mazzini (Dennis Pryce) vs Monty Navarro (Bryce Pinkham)

Row 2: The D'Ysquith Family (Jefferson Mays) vs The D'Ascoyne Family (Alec Guiness)

Row 3: Sibella Holland (Joan Greenwood) vs Sibella Hallward (Lisa O'Hare)

Row 4: Phoebe D'Ysquith (Lauren Worsham) vs Edith D'Ascoyne (Valerie Hobson)


Doctor Zhivago
Directed by David Lean
Screenplay by Robert Bolt (based on the book by Boris Pasternak)
USA / UK, 1965

Watched on 13th April 2013
First viewing

There’s more to say about Doctor Zhivago than I have the time or energy to write, having just finished watching it. I liked it a lot though. Yet another winner from David Lean - I think that’s 10 of his films I’ve seen now, and I could stand to see more.