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
HE WAS SO BAD, SOOOOOOOOO GOOD IN ROOM AT THE TOP.ReplyDelete
For all it's claim, Room at the Top is seldom seen here on cable. You can see Harvey's performance on youtube though https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT7MqBd0LV8ReplyDelete