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#11 Jan Brock

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:13 PM

That is a strange suggestion - so I should have avoided seeing her as Cleopatra because I think she is overrated, despite the fact that I like the play, the director, and the two main male leading actors ?

I don't have the time to list all the actresses who I think are better than JD when considered over many roles: for a start Vanessa Redgrave, Helen Mirren, Janet Suzman, Harriet Walter etc. etc. I find JD actually lacks versatility, being pretty much the same in everything she does.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:22 PM

QUOTE(Jan Brock @ Feb 13 2007, 03:13 PM) View Post
I don't have the time to list all the actresses who I think are better than JD when considered over many roles: for a start Vanessa Redgrave

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I'm no huge fan or defender of Dench - she's good - but Redgrave?! Now you're talking overrated. VR is the queen of overratedness.

Agreed, though, that not being a fan of someone shouldn't necessarily put you off seeing that production.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:22 PM

Hi there. [ this new site is making me more polite ]You can rent the DVD Mrs Brown in which Judi shows her talent off . And there a few other movies out there I think. Plus the new one. I think her thing is that she has no personal vanity but serves the text and the intention of the writer. She was a really sexy girl - check out some of the pics of her when young. She has become a bit samey in West End Comedy I think but who can blame her when the punters flood in? Whenever I've heard her talk in interviews I've been struck by how UNpompous she is, how she doesn't pretend to know everything about her craft.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:25 PM

QUOTE(Lynette @ Feb 13 2007, 03:22 PM) View Post
Whenever I've heard her talk in interviews I've been struck by how UNpompous she is, how she doesn't pretend to know everything about her craft.


...to the extent that she's not even going to the oscars this year, despite her nomination

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#15 Jan Brock

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:27 PM

I have been careful not to comment on her ability as a film of TV actor - just stage.

I'm aware that there is a massive difference of opinion here about V.Redgrave. I like her a lot, but maybe we can have that argument again.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:29 PM

QUOTE(Haz @ Feb 13 2007, 03:25 PM) View Post
...to the extent that she's not even going to the oscars this year, despite her nomination


That's a shame but she probably knows Helen is going to win anyways.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 11:16 PM

She isn't going to the Oscars because she is having an operation on her leg now that she's finished in Merry Wives.

For what it's worth, I enjoyed MW as a bit of fluff and disagree with the people who say she can't sing. She has an inate musicality and really knows how to put over a song. She is also a great actress who can shine in great work (All's Well) and almost rescue a bad one (The Breath of Life).

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 12:46 PM

"All's Well" is not great work - it's a weak play that would not be revived at all were it not for the fame of its author. I though JD was adequate in it - nowehere near as impressive as Peggy Ashcroft was in the role.

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 01:21 PM

QUOTE(Guest_Jan Brock_* @ Feb 14 2007, 01:46 PM) View Post
"All's Well" is not great work - it's a weak play that would not be revived at all were it not for the fame of its author. I though JD was adequate in it - nowehere near as impressive as Peggy Ashcroft was in the role.


Basically, it all boils down to personal opinion when it comes to various works and performances.   Naturally, if one has seen more than one person in any given role, it will be a case of comparing and  preferring one actor over another.  



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Posted 14 February 2007 - 07:49 PM

Thank you for that insight.




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