May 14, 2010 |
"Letters to Juliet" is an ode to romance of the most starry-eyed sort, a sugary paean to quixotic clichés and a film destined to be a guilty pleasure for some (me included, sigh) and the painful price of a relationship for others (so steel yourselves). The starry eyes here belong to Amanda Seyfried, one of Hollywood's favorite ingénues now. But soon enough the movie morphs into a multigenerational romance-Italian road trip with Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan and Franco Nero, to say nothing of certain members of the audience, bitten by the bug. But love doesn't guarantee happy endings, particularly when the tale is tied to Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and the Verona balcony wherefore the star-crossed lovers he conjured up once cooed.
May 14, 2010 |
Art sometimes imitates life. And then again, life often imitates art. Just ask Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave and her husband, Franco Nero. In the new romantic comedy, "Letters to Juliet," the 73-year-old Redgrave plays a widow named Claire who had left the love of her life, Lorenzo (Nero), 50 years earlier when she was a student in Verona, Italy. Before she had left, Claire did what numerous women in love have done over the centuries, write a letter about her love affair to the Shakespearean heroine, Juliet, and tack it on the wall of the courtyard where the fictional character had lived.
May 3, 2009
Re "Have piano, will walk," editorial, April 28 Krystian Zimerman again makes us ask "should an artist's politics matter" when he announced that he would no longer play in the U.S. because our military seeks to "control the world." We have lived with this issue for years -- think of Vanessa Redgrave and her patronage of the Palestinians, or Jane Fonda in Hanoi -- and we must attempt to deal with it. How can we be politically independent and still enjoy artistry? The two need not be mutually exclusive.
January 3, 2008 |
Vanessa REDGRAVE was 3 years old during the evacuation of Dunkirk, the 1940 rescue operation of British and French troops that is portrayed to gripping effect -- via a panoramic, minutes-long tracking shot -- in the wartime romance "Atonement." "One of my very first memories was eating my breakfast one summer morning, which actually turned out to be August, when the Blitz started," Redgrave said recently.
November 19, 2004 |
Britain's most famous acting dynasty is launching a party to promote the human rights it says have been abused in the war on terrorism, the latest foray by the entertainment world into Iraq war politics. Corin and Vanessa Redgrave, renowned for their left-wing activism as well as stage and film performances, will inaugurate the Peace and Progress Party in London on Nov. 27.
December 15, 2002 |
Stored in the archives of London's Victoria & Albert Museum are boxes marked "Redgrave" that contain memorabilia of a family of actors that stretches as far back as the 18th century. Among the ephemera are books, portraits, letters and programs associated with, among others, Roy Redgrave, the self-styled "Dramatic Cock o' the North," who played London's Sadler's Wells in 1902 and later became a silent-film star.