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Old English(1930)

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  • George Arliss tour de force

    • ned
    • 12/16/16

    This very early "talkie" (1930) is a vehicle for the very considerable acting skill of George Arliss, a noted London and NY stage performer of the age - in his early 60s at the time of this film, playing mid-80s brilliantly. The patience taken in the pacing of Arliss's performance throughout the movie is quite a revelation. If you have an interest in fine stagecraft, this is a movie and a performance very worth seeing. Arliss brings a timeless quality to his portrayal that belies any notion of an overwrought acting style often associated with silent films and the early transition to "talkies." Arliss was a master of his craft and here was given a fine screenplay to display that craft. The previous year, he had won the Best Actor Academy Award (1929) for his starring role in the "talking" remake of the earlier made silent film biography "Disraeli" (in which he had also starred).

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