Sunday, December 15, 2013

Peter O'Toole 

Peter O'Toole has died.  He should have won the oscar for Lawrence of Arabia, except for his competition -- in retrospect, how could the Oscar for 1962 not have gone to Gregory Peck for To Kill a Mockingbird.  At least Lawrence of Arabia won best picture.  Here's one of the best scenes:


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hi Cathy…I love everything about that movie, the story, the performances, the cinematography and the music which sends me almost into a trance. The scene where Lawrence puts out a match with his fingers, and the cut to the rising sun is the most stunning transition in movie history as far as I'm concerned. And needless to say the relationship of Daoud and Faraj, moved me beyond belief… ;)

By Blogger Simon, at 1:57 am  

I saw Lawrence of Arabia in one of the last of the old school big screens in my city. The desert just took over the imagination, and it's a tribute to Peter O'Toole (and Omar Sharif) that they managed to stop the desert from upstaging them at least some of the time.

But I actually loved Peter O'Toole more in My Favorite Year, where he played a sort of satirized cross between himself and Errol Flynn. The man just overflows with charm, somewhat devilish. He gives that bright, innocent-though-not-innocent smile and you'd forgive him whatever failings he may have. I guess I should use past tense now, but it's kind of hard to imagine him as dead so I think I won't.

By Blogger Purple library guy, at 11:41 am  

I love desert scenes -- especially when Chevy Chase jumps the Family Truckster over 50 yards off the hiway.

By Anonymous ootpoot, at 4:03 pm  

Hi, Simon Yes, I almost posted the scene where he marches into the officers club with Daoud and orders lemonade and tells them he has taken Acuba.
Purple, I loved My Favorite Year too -- really, O'Toole was playing himself, with a sardonic but forgiving self-awareness of how much of an ass he could sometimes be around people. It was a great performance.

By Blogger CathiefromCanada, at 10:26 pm  

Oot, I think Chevy Chase was, or maybe still is, one of the great comic actors of the last 25 years. I wish he had done more, but the first Vacation movie, and the Christmas Vacation movie, are both great.

By Blogger CathiefromCanada, at 10:28 pm  

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