"I love David Mamet films."
"But he repeats the all the dialog twice!"
Oh, I suppose so. You want to fight about it? I'll see you
outside. Go ahead; I'll be there in a minute.
Pidgeon. Didn't she wear that
hat in "The Spanish Prisoner?"
PHOTO: Sony Pictures.
I think Mamet is in his element when he's running a scam.
Remember "Things Change", "Wag The Dog", or
"The Spanish Prisoner"? Good fun, all of them.
"The Winslow Boy" charts some different territory, the
story about a man's efforts to have his son's name cleared,
believing him to be wrongly accused of theft. Nigel Hawthorn
plays the Man, Gemma Jones his wife, Rebecca Pidgeon his
daughter, and Jeremy Northam their lawyer and member of
parliament. Again. Didn't he just do that in "An Ideal
Husband"? Sure he's good at it, but I hate to see talent
wasted. The performances are all quite passable, although where
Pidgeon's flat style was perfect for "Spanish
Prisoner", it seems out of place here.
I missed the pace of dialog that was virtually a character
unto itself in earlier films like "American Buffalo" or
"Glengarry Glen Ross". I saw "American
Buffalo" (said "BOO-falo", I'm sure) with my
friend Dave when it played at the Toronto Film Fest a couple
years ago, and coming it, it was very easy to continue speaking
in the same cadences as the film dialog, which was great fun. In
contrast, coming out of "The Winslow Boy" with a
different friend named David, my thought was: maybe directors
shouldn't direct their own wives.
"And he repeats the all the dialog twice!"
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