The camera watches, and then pans to the right, to reveal the solitary figure of hamlet, clad in black. This devastating study of a disintegrating marriage has never dated since it changed british theatre back in 1956. Kenneth branagh on his acting career and playing shakespeare in all is true extended interview duration. Look back in anger became a part of stage history as much for the thumb it stuck in the eye of the establishment, theatrical as well as social, as for the bitterness that flows from jimmy porter. Cliff horan, an amiable welsh lodger, attempts to keep the peace. Perhaps it is no coincidence that another hotblooded turk of the london stage, kenneth branagh, has directed and starred in this new film version in 1989, as britain. Kenneth branagh put emma thompson in his latest movie and. A love triangle develops between smart disaffected. Tv version of the john osborne play about a disillusioned young man, jimmy porter, and his relationships with the people around him. Look back in anger exclusive clip, starring kenneth.
The ladys not for burning tv film 1985 coming through tv film 1984 coming to terms for billy, a tv film 1983 matter of choice for billy, a tv film to the lighthouse tv film 1982. Once again, he reined in a talented and interestingly varied cast. Overview for kenneth branagh turner classic movies. Kenneth branagh plays workingclass roisterer jimmy porter, the archetypal angry young man whose college education has led nowhere. Kenneth branagh plays workingclass roisterer jimmy. Kenneth haigh, the actor, who has died aged 86, had the good fortune to create what turned out to be one of the most famous dramatic roles in postwar drama that of jimmy porter in look back. Shakespeares henry v is a favorite play of the british in times of national crisis, and in 1944, during the darkest days of world war ii, laurence olivier directed and starred in it as a patriotic call to the barricades.
The supporting characters include cliff lewis, an amiable welsh lodger who attempts to keep the peace. Besides that, kenneth branagh became popular as an interpreter of shakespeares works on the big and the small screens, making the plays accessible to the masses. Branaghs forceful performance allows us to ignore the structural shortcomings inherent in the play. Kenneth branagh full list of movies and tv shows in theaters, in production and upcoming films.
Get a taste of judi denchs classic 1989 production of john osbornes play look back in anger, starring kenneth branagh as jimmy porter and emma thompson as his wife alison. Stuck in a gonowhere job at a candy store, porter rebels against the establishment through his boorish treatment of his wife emma thompson. Look back in anger marked richardsons feature film directorial debut. Made for british television, 1989s look back in anger is the third film adaptation of john osbornes legendary kitchen sink stage drama. We realize the subject of the scene is not the wedding, but. Branagh s forceful performance allows us to ignore the structural shortcomings inherent in the play. Look back in anger is a love triangle involving the brilliantbutdisaffected young jimmy porter branagh, his uppermiddleclass, impassive wife alison porter thompson, and her aristocratic best friend helena charles redmond.
When john osbornes play look back in anger debuted in 1956, the main characterranting, relentless, infuriating jimmy portergalvanized audiences and spoke for a young generation frustrated with stagnant life in postwar england. When he was ten years old, the branaghs moved to england to escape. Made for british television, 1989s look back in anger is the third film. It features kenneth branagh, emma thompson, siobhan. Look back in anger 1956 is a realist play written by john osborne. Look back in anger exclusive clip, starring kenneth branagh and. Renaissance theatre company jimmy porter is a university graduate who rejects middle class dreams and operates a candy stall in a local flea market.
Kenneth charles branagh was born on december 10, 1960, in belfast, northern ireland, to parents. Kenneth branagh, emma thompson, gerard horan, siobhan. This is a minimalist filmed version of a look back in anger production originally directed for the stage by judi dench. Branagh at the roma fiction fest in july 2009 branagh at a press conference for thor in london in april 2011 the following is the filmography for actor, director, producer, and screenwriter kenneth branagh. It may also be kenneth branaghs finest screen performance. There is early in kenneth branaghs hamlet a wedding celebration, the danish court rejoicing at the union of claudius and gertrude. Kenneth haigh, actor who created the role of jimmy porter. In the year 1989, renaissance presented look back in anger, directed by judi dench, who also directed the television version. Look back in anger is a 1989 british videotaped television production of john osbornes play. Unfortunately, such musings are of little relevance when it comes to this 1989 television adaptation by kenneth branaghs renaissance. It focuses on the life and marital struggles of an intelligent and educated but disaffected young man of workingclass origin, jimmy porter, and his equally competent yet impassive uppermiddleclass wife alison. Look back in anger tv is a film directed by judi dench with kenneth branagh, emma thompson, gerard horan, siobhan redmond, year. Kenneth branagh and emma thompson in the 1989 tv adaptation of john osbornes look back in anger.
Look back in anger became a part of stage history as much for the thumb it. Actress mary ure, osbornes wife at the time, reprised her role as alison porter from the london and broadway productions. Kenneth branaghs best films as a director film s bittersweet look back at the 1960s, peters friends found branagh putting a contemporary slant on the type of ensemble dramedy hed already proven he could do well with his shakespeare adaptations. Kenneth branagh, emma thompson, siobhan redmond, gerard horan, edward jewesbury, judi dench, david jones, kenneth branagh, emma thompson. Look back in anger 1989 john osborne, prime mover in the angry young man movement and playwright of the original 1956 play, is on record as saying kenneth branagh is the best jimmy porter ever and who am i to disagree. The play featured kenneth branagh and emma thompson. Kenneth branagh plays workingclass roisterer jimmy porter, the. A love triangle develops between smart disaffected workingclass husband jimmy porter sir kenneth branagh, his reserved uppermiddleclass wife alison dame emma thompson and her arrogant best friend helena charles siobhan redmond. Look back in anger official trailer despite the highpowered cast, whatever vitality judi denchs renaissance theater production of the classic kitchen sink drama delivered onstage doesnt.
Branaghs turn as the mercurial central character, a disappointed workingclass graduate railing furiously against bourgeois respectability. Judi dench directs kenneth branagah and emma thompson in john osbournes look back in anger. Kenneth branagh, in full sir kenneth charles branagh, born december 10, 1960, belfast, northern ireland, irishborn english actor, director, and writer who is best known for his film adaptations of shakespearean plays at age nine branagh moved with his family from northern ireland to london. Get premium, high resolution news photos at getty images. They were married from 1989 to 1995 and it was one of the most artistically productive marriages in great britain.
For a full two hours, branagh is jimmy porter, the man you want to hate but cant help loving. He began acting in school plays and graduated from the royal academy of dramatic art in 1981. In this contemporary film adaptation, jimmy porter kenneth branagh, henry v, mary shelleys frankenstein, an. They appeared together in fortunes of war, look back in anger, henry v, much ado about nothing, dead again, and peters friends. It features kenneth branagh, emma thompson, siobhan redmond, gerard horan, and edward jewesbury. His theater and tv work such as his jimmy porter in a telecast of john osbornes play look back in anger airing on bravo in 1993 consistently demonstrated that he was just as comfortable with modern types as with classic characters. In this contemporary film adaptation, jimmy porter kenneth branagh, henry v, mary. Look back in anger actors emma thompson and kenneth branagh on stage. It always creates a little shock in the movies when the foreground is unexpectedly occupied. Full look back in anger movie downloads website of. Look back in anger tells the simple but gripping story of jimmy porter kenneth branagh, an angry young man with a college education and a deadend job. Thames television, ltd films for the humanities firm. With kenneth branagh, emma thompson, gerard horan, siobhan redmond.
As a child in northern ireland, kenneth branagh was impressed by burt lancaster in the birdman of alcatraz. A story of disparate characters locked into the raw misery of a selfdestructive marriage driven towards crisis point, look back in anger features astonishing performances from both its celebrated leads. Look back in anger dvd rental, rent look back in anger movie online made for british television, 1989s look back in anger is the third film adaptation of john osbornes legendary kitchen sink stage drama. Look back in anger tv movie 1989 look back in anger. Feeling trapped by his circumstances, his squalid postwar flat, and spurred on by selfpity, porter lashes out against his wife, allison emma thompson, his lover, helena siobhan redmond. Londons national theatre did it in 1999 with kenneth branagh, and, more recently, david tennant took it on in a regional uk production that was filmed for television. In contrast, branagh vividly recreated henry v for modern audiences. Roundabout did it previously in 1980 with malcolm mcdowell stepping into the shoes of alan bates, the original jimmy. Get a taste of judi denchs classic 1989 production of john osbornes play look back in anger, starring kenneth branagh as jimmy porter and. Look back in anger actors emma thompson and kenneth.
Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. According to a modern source, bert bates was an editor for the film. Look back in anger is a love triangle involving the brilliantbutdisaffected young. That look back in anger still has the power to move audiences was shown by judi denchs 1989 revival of the play in belfast, northern ireland, which starred kenneth branagh. The films of kenneth anger volume 2 region 2 spanish import 4. Kenneth branagh list of movies and tv shows tv guide.710 1233 455 524 1056 1281 244 1 1457 58 332 711 1369 803 1118 386 877 331 146 899 1176 240 514 1047 965 621 1434 172 1015 1153 1328 1338 1230 1133 954 684 166 1334 99 1031 1159 1122 124 1296 519 803 1223 676 535