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Saturday Letters

Praising Irons' Fitzgerald

June 01, 2002

Judging by his acerbic review of "Last Call" ("Flash Outshines Any Substance," May 25), Howard Rosenberg must have seen a film different from the one that appeared on Showtime May 25. He dismisses the performance of Jeremy Irons as bogus, British and too tall, and Neve Campbell as a wide-eyed Judy Garland singing "You Made Me Love You."

He ignores Irons' ability to reach inside a character and find the torment that plagued Fitzgerald when I worked for him. I saw the actor become the author. As for Campbell, her luminous sensitivity and strength were clearly visible under Henry Bromell's direction.

So take another look, Howard Rosenberg, without your weary viewing glasses.

FRANCES RING

Beverly Hills

Frances Ring wrote the book on which "Last Call" was based, "Against the Current: As I Remember F. Scott Fitzgerald."

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