The Dresser

The Dresser

DVD - 2004
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The lives and relationships of those within a British traditional touring stage company provide the backdrop for the compelling study of the intense relationship between the leader of the company and his dresser.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, c2004.
ISBN: 9781404950771
140495077X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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veganbaker Oct 07, 2015

One of my all time favorites. Albert Finny and Tom Courtney give ravishing performances in this gorgeous film. Knowing King Lear doesn't hurt to appreciate the art imitating life with the Dresser as Sirs Fool and Madge ( the terrific Eileen Atkins) encompassing parts Kent parts Cordelia with a little bit of Gonereil thrown in,,, but not really... Whatever. .. It's a funny and ultimately painfully honest depiction of mutual Love for The Theatre. And of course for William Shakespeare.

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voisjoe1_0
May 08, 2015

This film included two of the five Oscar nominees for best actor (Albert Finney and Tom Courtney). Maybe these two wiped each other out and allowed Robert Duvall to win for his portrayal in Tender Mercies. I’ll have to see Tender Mercies once again, as I have a hard time believing Duvall was a better actor that year. A bonus for this film was to see Finney play various Shakespearian roles, so you get more than just a film about a Shakespearian actor possibly suffering from the madness of “being” tragic Shakespearian characters for thousands of live performances.

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jimg2000
Dec 04, 2011

Brilliant performances about an aging Shakespeare lead actor and his assistance/dresser ... much better than King's Speech in mho.

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