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Prick Up Your Ears ()

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featuring Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Wallace Shawn, Julie Walters

This unadorned biography of playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman) charts his bawdy, dangerous relationships. Alfred Molina plays Orton's brutish lover, ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

Superb Alan Bennett Adaptation

by jmmartin on Oct 12, 2013

Alan Bennett, who wrote the delightful play, "The History Boys," later filmed to international success, took a fine biography by John Lahr, "New Yorker" contributor and son of the man who created the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz," and turned it into one of the most astonishingly original biopics in the genre's history. In his introduction to the screenplay, he explains that producers in Hollywood were reluctant to take it on -- it's about the homosexual playwright Joe Orton and his murderously jealous lover -- and when one film company agreed to do it they said they'd have to take out the homosexuality. Bennett refused, and the resulting movie was one of the most in-your-face accounts of a gay man in all film. Especially as played by such an ensemble cast headed by Gary Oldman as Orton, Alfred Molina as Kenneth Halliwell, and the great Vanessa Redgrave as Orton's agent, the movie is a dazzling and disturbing account of a poisonous relationship between an artist and his shadow half. Bennett's screenplay, one of the best I've come across, is a lesson in film writing for anyone interested in the practice. First rate!

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