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Sleuth. Class War, Jumped Up Pantry Boys, and Threatening Rich Folk.

May 22, 2017

Re posting for Larry’s 110th birthday.



A few days ago, I realised that I was waking up on the morning of what would have been Anthony Shaffer’s 90th birthday.  (It was also, necessarily, the birthday of his twin brother Peter.)   Anthony Shaffer had a great screenplay-writing time of it in the early seventies, with Sleuth (1972, adapted from his own stage play) and The Wicker Man (1973) coming out in successive years.  It had been a long long while since I’d seen Sleuth, so I determined to watch it again.   On YouTube.  In bits.  With Greek subtitles.

Sleuth was directed by Joseph Mankiewicz, whose masterpieces included All About Eve and Julius Caesar.  He also directed the studio-wrecking behemoth that was Cleopatra, and one fancies that working with a rather smaller cast on Sleuth may have come as something as a relief to him.

Now some people have described Sleuth as “stagy”…

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