|
Movies Books Music Food Tv Shows Technology Politics Video Games Parenting Fashion Green Living more >

Lunch » Tags » Movies » Reviews » The Dresser

The Dresser

1 rating: 4.0
A movie directed by Peter Yates

add a wiki

Tags: Movies
Director: Peter Yates
Genre: Drama
Release Date: 1983.12.6 (USA), 1984.3.20 (UK)
MPAA Rating: PG
1 review about The Dresser

Ailing Lear

  • Jul 3, 2011
  • by
Rating:
+4
Suffering through the threat of air raids and a dearth of competent actors in an incomparably dreary wartime England, as well as his own ailing health and encroaching dementia, the aging manager and lead star of a Shakespearean troupe (Albert Finney) and his prissy, fastidious, constantly devoted dresser (Tom Courtenay) tend to their extravagant business under the most difficult of circumstances. While the former struggles with his unreliable sanity, the latter must cope with an increasingly difficult employer, a task for which he is well equipped and never appreciated.

Finney receives top billing, Courtenay the titular role and both men occupy a roughly equal amount of screen time, so that neither man can lay sole claim to the lead in this film. Both deliver extraordinary performances that exploit an exhaustive emotional range, and their own efforts do not eclipse those of an entirely capable supporting cast. Period detail is excellent, as is the rather terse direction. Tremendously popular when released in 1983 and mostly ignored thereafter, this is a film that both students of naturalistic performance and screenwriters who adapt stage material would do well to enjoy and study.

What did you think of this review?

Helpful
3
Thought-Provoking
3
Fun to Read
3
Well-Organized
3
Post a Comment
What's your opinion on The Dresser?
rate
1 rating: +4.0
You have exceeded the maximum length.
Related Topics
The Man in the White Suit (1952)

A movie directed by Alexander Mackendrick

Sleepy Hollow

Tim Burton's 1999 horror film loosely based on Washington Ir

Taking Sides

Art House & International movie directed by István Szabó

The Pianist (2002)

Art House & International movie directed by Roman Polanski

First to Review

"Ailing Lear"
© 2014 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
()
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since
reviews
comments
ratings
questions
compliments
lists