Before and After #128: Laurence Olivier




Nick Zegarac said...

I know I'm going to get flack for this, but save Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940) I always found Olivier's acting to be bordering on playing the perfect ham - and I do mean pork!

There's also something effeminate about his Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. It's hard for me to buy into the fact that he's lusting after Merle Oberon when David Niven seems more his type.

His filmed Othello gets the nod as a definitive performance and there are many who still prefer his Hamlet above all others. I would argue that Kenneth Branagh wins for the latter hands down. I don't think I've ever seen a definitive Othello.

Oh, almost forgot - Olivier does a beautiful job in The Entertainer. He's also passable in Sleuth.

Vanwall said...


Testify said...

Oh come on guys he's great in Wild Geese 2.

Kreisler said...

And Boys from Brazil

rookgaroo said...

Are they safe?