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Manohla Dargis loves Ralph Fiennes

I haven't seen the latest Harry Potter film yet (maybe tomorrow), but I thought there might be some slight interest among the members of my flist in seeing what New York Times film critic Manola Dargis had to say about Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort.  The quote that follows comes from the review in Thursday's paper.

After talking about the returning cast and the new additions (Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter, Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody), Dargis goes on to say:

As good as these actors are, nothing prepares you for the malevolent force that is Lord Voldemort and the brilliance of the actor playing him, Ralph Fiennes.  Dressed in a flowing black robe that seems to float off his body rather than hang, Mr. Fiennes moves with lissome grace, his smooth white head bobbing like a cork on a sea, his fluttery hands and feet as pale and bright as beacons.  For years, the movies have tried to transform this delicate beauty into a heartthrob, but as "Schindler's List" proved, Mr. Fiennes is an actor for whom a walk on the darker side is not just a pleasure, but liberation.  His Voldemort may be the greatest screen performance ever delivered without the benefit of a nose; certainly it's a performance of sublime villainy.

Not a bad thing to add to the scrapbook, is it?



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Nov. 19th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
Not a bad thing at all, no *g* Am curious to see the real thing, this peformance of sublime villainy :-)
Nov. 22nd, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
Why did I think you'd already seen the film?
Nov. 23rd, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
Dunno. Or maybe because I went to the premiere in Paris, only I wasn't there for the film - only VIPs and guests were invited - so I haven't seen it yet. It comes out next week here, actually - on the 30th *g*
Nov. 19th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
I've just returned from seeing Goblet of Fire and I'd have to agree with this review. Sublime villainy indeed. His performance sent shivers down my spine. And Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody! oh my lord he was terrific.

My husband has never read any of the books and it's a shame because the movie didn't capture all the details of the book, which left him saying, 'huh?' more than once. I miss Richard Harris as Dumbledore, I don't think Michael Gambon commands the same presence as Harris did. The movie did not disappoint, IMO. *g*
Nov. 22nd, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen it yet. I think I'll wait a few more days until the first mad rush of teenagers is over.
Nov. 19th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
It would have been nice if you'd put this behind a LJ cut, so as to spare those of us who want to stay completely and utterly spoiler free (and that includes reviews, even if they hold no particular plot spoilers or such). The movie is not even out, here, so... and I'm trying to really NOT read anything if I can help it.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
Sorry! Will remember to do that in future.
Nov. 19th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
He's such a beauty. SUCH A BEAUTY.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC)
Especially in The English Patient.
Nov. 20th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
Oooooh, someone's got a crush. :D

I can't wait til it's released down here, less than two weeks to go!
Nov. 22nd, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it, doesn't it? Of course, I'm not much better, but if I were to dream about him it would be in his English Patient role.
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