Tuesday, September 19, 2006

UK Linkage

Speaking as someone who never really "got" the cult-fave Withnail & I, I must concede that Liz Hoggard's thoughtful re-evaluation of the 1987 film (and, perhaps more important, her account of its troubled production history) in The Independent is sufficiently fascinating to make me suspect that, hey, maybe it's worth a second look. And even a third.

In The Telegraph, Kate Beckinsale speaks candidly -- and movingly -- about how reaching age 32 has rekindled memories of her father, British TV sitcom star Richard Beckinsale (Porridge, Rising Damp), who died at the ridiculously young age of 31 (when his daughter was just 5).

And in The Guardian, an obit for French screenwriter Gerard Brach, who memorably collaborated with the likes of Roman Polanski (The Tenant, Cul-De-Sac) and Claude Berri (The Two of Us, Jean de Florette).

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