Cyrano McBergerac

After the French movie starring Gerard Depardieu, one that stole our hearts and all the French movie awards, there could hardly be any production able to better express the whirlwind of emotions and moral values and intricate love liaisons and crushing inferiority complexes. The movie had it all, the perfect settings, the perfect protagonist, the perfect direction, the perfect music, it was all so perfect that I must have watched it at least 15 times and it is still one of my favourite movies ever.

Photo Marc Brenner

It also pushed me to visit Rostand’s magnificent Villa Arnaga in Cambo Les Bains, a 19th century paradise complete with two gardens, one French and one English, superb peacocks, blooming hydrangeas and the golden Cesar feather won by Depardieu for his role. Oh, and a house built entirely on words.. those words.. those immortal words.

Still.. you have to trust James McAvoy.. Especially if you’ve ever seen him on stage. You have to trust that he will top perfection with something unexpected and raw and intense and engaging and jaw dropping. I did and then I did not.. I mean, this is my favourite play, it is long, and it’s in French, and it’s in rhymed verse that you end up learning by heart.. so how can you bring it to the new audiences?

The team that managed to pull this stunt went completely against everything that the French did.. I mean, typically British 🙂 Instead of the flamboyant and true to period scenography, there is.. basically.. nothing on stage. Half the cast is not Caucasian and yet they insist the play is still set in the 1640s so that makes you wonder.. not too much music, no props, not even the famous nose.. nothing. Just the words, cut down to their essence, just the words, aligned in verse, still rhyming but also rhyming with the modern times, uttered with such passion and confidence that yes, there’s Cyrano.. McBergerac, with a thick Scottish accent but all his glorious, original panache.

In the absence of any visual distractions, the focus is only on the words, and the words are able to stir and surprise and move and destroy and then heal with freshness and intensity and honesty that knows no space or time.

This is how it feels on stage, from the protagonist’s perspective, this is where you can see it until the end of February.. to celebrate the rhymed verse and the eternal beauty and overwhelming power of the words.

James McAvoy’s Frankenstein

Am mers sambata sa vad ”Victor Frankenstein” in cunostinta de cauza. Ma asteptam sa vad cinematografie buna, un scenariu prost si un actor stralucit. Fix asa s-a si intamplat.

Marea Britanie are cei mai buni monteuri, fapt confirmat si in ”Victor Frankenstein”. Filmul nu numai ca este taiat foarte frumos, dar are si o grafica eleganta si desteapta, care puncteaza pasiunea pentru stiinta a celor doi protagonisti. Daca veti observa similitudini cu ”Sherlock”, ele nu sunt intamplatoare, regizorul Paul McGuigan a condus mai multe episoade, printre care si pe cel mai remarcabil din tot serialul, ”A Scandal in Belgravia”. Continue reading “James McAvoy’s Frankenstein”

McAvoy Rulz

Marturisesc ca atunci cand am luat bilete la ”The Ruling Class”, cu James McAvoy la Trafalgar Studios, in Londra, n-aveam cine stie ce asteptari de la spectacol. Era o completare la ”Lacul Lebedelor” de la Royal Opera House, ocazie pe care o asteptasem multa vreme, de a o vedea pe imponderabila Natalia Osipova.

Nici povestea celor de la ”Trafalgar Studios” nu era de natura sa ma incurajeze prea tare, niste spatii mai putin conventionale, redate teatrului, deschise companiilor care nu aveau posibilitatea de a monta pe scene mai mari… in fine, stim si noi povestea, se intampla si in Bucuresti. Si, tot ca in Bucuresti, cand ajungi intr-un asemenea loc, ai cateodata revelatii.

6-James-McAvoy-The-Ruling-ClassNu stiu cum au trecut doua ore si jumatate, nu stiu ce potiune magica a baut James McAvoy inainte de a urca pe scena, nu stiu cum Dumnezeu n-a mai fost pusa in scena piesa asta de la adaptarea ei pe ecran, in 1972 (cu Peter O’Toole in rolul principal) pana acum. Dar este, in mod cert, o partitura extraordinara pentru orice actor care are “focul sacru”. Si McAvoy realmente arde pe scena. Continue reading “McAvoy Rulz”

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