Michael Gambon is one of my favourite actors. I believe he is eclectic and true to his performances. I know that many saw him as the Hogwarts’s Head Master, Albus Dumbledore, in the Harry Potter franchise, but this actor can be more than that. Here I leave you a nice article about him receiving and award for his contribution to British Cinema.
Michael Gambon to Get Top Honor at British Independent Film Awards – The Hollywood Reporter.
And here I leave you the scene of a movie, in which I think he gives a brilliant performance…
Peter Greenaway, 2012. THR
Peter Greenaway is my favourite director, in fact it was because of one of his films that I started to really care about cinema. One of my most important research studies back in University was mainly about one of his movies: The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover. Years later from the first time I watched one of his films, I have found other directors that interest me and want to research about because can give something meaningful to my life, however, Greenaway will always be special in my life (even if I don’t watch his movies everyday) and there is always something in me that drives me to care about his themes and to keep my research about his films. Hopefully one day I will be able to write a book about his work and what could communicate to the world.
I leave you this interview about his latest film: Goltzius and the Pelican Company
Peter Greenaway on Art, Cinema, Sex, and Religion (Q&A) – The Hollywood Reporter.
More than a trailer I think this is a visual work that gives a glimpse of what the movie is about… Hard to describe, though :). But, this is how Greenaway’s works actually are… The next one is a closer approach to Goltzius and the Pelican Company:
He was born in New Port, in Wales on 5 April 1942. The family left Wales when he was three years-old and moved to Essex, England. Since his childhood he had an interest for painting and European cinema that later he developed. Greenaway focused on filmmakers as Antonioni, Bergman, Hitchcock, Godard, Pasolini and Resnais. In 1962 he went to the Walthamstow College of Art to study painting, even though his main objective was to become a painter, he also made his first short film: Death of Sentiment, filmed in four large cemeteries in London. Since 1965 he worked at the Central Office of Information (COI) of the British Film Institute, where he was film editor and afterwards director. There, Greenaway started a self-training process with the information of experimental cinema and documentaries to which he had access. His first works were made with simple resources since the investment came from his income as editor. He started making short films: Train and Tree (1966), Intervals (1969), followed Windows (1974) H is for House and Dear Phone (1976). In 1978 he filmed Water Wrackets, Vertical Features Remake and A walk through H. From the 80s forward he started making films like The Falls (1980) The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982) A Zed and two noughts (1985) The Belly of an Architect (1987) Drowning by numbers (1988) and The Cook, The Thief, his Wife and her Lover (1989). In the 90s his works turned especially visuals as Prospero’s Books (1991) The Baby of Macôn (1993) The Pillow Book (1996) and 8 1/2 women (1999).
For the 21st century he has completed his ambitious project of three films The Tulse Luper Suitcases (2004) then Nightwatching (2007) and Rembrandt’s J’accuse (2008). Greenaway states that we have not seen cinema yet and that his ambition is to try to reinvent it.
Biography taken from: <http://www.petergreenaway.org.uk/bio.htm> (25 July, 2011)