One of our favorite blogs, EUROPEAN FILM STAR POSTCARDS, has put up an excellent post on actor Laurence Harvey--some of you may remember his amazing performance as Raymond Shaw in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John Frankenheimer that starred Frank Sinatra and Janet Leigh, with a stellar performance by Angela Lansbury as the Communist-Operative-Mother From Hell. In fact, the acting was top notch all around in this film..and Sinatra was perfectly cast. Alas, we cannot recommend the 2004 re-make, proof-positive that there are some films Hollywood should leave alone.
And now...from our friends at European Film Star Postcards:
7/5/15 Laurence Harvey - At the 29th edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, which ended yesterday, one of the programs was Beautiful youth: Renato Castellani. The Italian film director and screenwriter made the wonderful young love trilogy of Neorealism with Sotto il sole di Roma (1948), È primavera...(1950) and Due soldi di speranza
(1952), about which I wrote about last week in my post about Maria
Fiore. After the trilogy, Castellani won the Grand Prix in Cannes with a
film adaptation of the ultimate drama of young love, Romeo and Julia (1954). Handsome Lithuanian-born actor Laurence Harvey (1928–1973) played a terrific Romeo in this film. Harvey is best known for his lead performance as a ruthless social climber in Room at the Top (1959), but there is much more to tell about his career and life. READ MORE HERE http://filmstarpostcards.blogspot.com/2015/07/laurence-harvey.html