Harold Pinter and “the director of evil”

Posted in May 22, 2019
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A genius, straight to the point and unconventional, William Friedkin is best known for directing the cult film “The French Connection”, five Oscars and three Golden Globes, as well as  “The Exorcist”, the tormented 1973 film, two Oscars and four Golden Globes, which to this day is considered one of the most interesting milestones in

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Harold Pinter and the poisoned apple

Posted in May 16, 2019
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A bitten apple, drowned in cyanide, and snow white with a soave voice singing “Someday My Prince Will Come”. The closing scene of “Breaking the Code”, the 1995 Herbert Wise film dedicated to Alan Turing – one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th century who is considered one of the fathers of modern-day IT-

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Faber&Faber’s fabulous world

Posted in May 9, 2019
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A man without a head, tightly wrapped in a rumpled trench coat waiting for a door to open. The book’s cover, devoid of any colour, struck me. It was immediately obvious to me that the image, so concise and essential, was the powerful visual synthesis of those pages which describe the uncanny events (which I

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Harold Pinter’s Buddha

Posted in May 3, 2019
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For decades many have searched for the hidden meanings in objects of daily use which Pinter liked to include in his works. In 1966 a group of English students became so curious about this that they put pen to paper and wrote to Harold himself asking for clarifications regarding certain details in ”The Caretaker” .

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Ivan Kyncl: from Prague to Pinter’s theatre and much more!

Posted in April 19, 2019
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“The Cartier-Bresson of theatre photographers” is how he was defined by Terry Hands, the famous theatre director who for thirteen years directed the Royal Shakespeare Company. And to think that Ivan Kyncl became a photographer almost by chance. He arrived in London at 27 years of age from what was then Czechoslovakia with just a

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Happy Birthday Alan Ayckbourn!

Posted in April 10, 2019
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“What he has given to the theatre is immeasurable.” It was with these words that twenty years ago Harold Pinter referred to the great British playwright who is 80 years old tomorrow. Born in Hampstead (London) on April 12, 1939, Ayckbourn began his career in the world of theatre at 17 when he started work

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Lady Antonia confers prize to Sarah Hanly

Posted in April 4, 2019
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Sarah Hanly from Ireland is the winner of the 2019 “Harold Pinter Playwright Award”, the prize given out annually by Harold Pinter’s widow to support upcoming playwrights. Lady Antonia commented: … “I believe that the Pinter Commission is exactly what Harold would have wanted. Because he had experienced the devastating rejection of his early work,

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Silence, Pinter speaks

Posted in March 28, 2019
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We are in 2004. During Harold Pinter’s last trip to Italy. He has travelled over to see Roberto Andò’s production of “Old Times” at Milan’s Piccolo Teatro. And that April Harold gave an interview to the newspaper  “Il Giornale”. Here is an extract… Tall, straight, a generous smile and vigilant eyes which have observed and

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The power hothouse

Posted in March 21, 2019
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A guest who passes on to the next world and a suspicious birth. These events are a real nuisance for Roote. And on Christmas day as well. So begins “The Hothouse”, one of the most disturbing and cruel – but sometimes comical- works by Harold Pinter who wrote the play when he was 28 .

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Juliette Binoche’s betrayal

Posted in March 14, 2019
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“…then there are those times she becomes a Pinter dream woman: mysterious, knowing and at least slightly the moral superior of the men…” Her name is Juliette Binoche, and in November 2000, “The New York Time” used these words to describe her debut at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre in one of Harold Pinter’s most celebrated

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