Dec 26


Posted by dirty puppy on

Harold Pinter passed away Christmas Eve at the age of 78... he outlived his obituary writer by one day. Seconded only to Beckett in terms of serious playwrights, we lost a good one this time.

For those thinking "Who the heck is Harold Pinter?" I suggest you begin with Betrayal, a mid-period piece of his, a relatively straightforward romantic drama with a simple, ingenious twist -- it is told backwards. For my illiterate readers, there is an excellent film adaptation starring Ben Kingsley and Jeremy Irons. Another good place to start is his electrifying anti-torture one-act One for the Road. Or, you could watch him explain himself -- in his own kind of way -- in his Nobel speech.

Eartha Kitt also passed, an excellent cat woman.

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