Monday, March 13, 2006

Maureen Stapleton, R.I.P.

by Jackrabbit Slim

Maureen Stapleton passed away at the age of 80 today. She was a terrific character actress, probably because, as someone once said of her, (it might have been herself) that she looked like a cleaning lady that you might see riding the bus.

Probably her most famous film role is the one she won the Oscar for, Emma Goldman in Reds. I haven't seen Reds since it first came out back in '81, and I was underwhelmed. I'd love to get another look at it. Here's hoping the long-awaited DVD version comes out soon.


Blogger Colin said...

I haven’t seen Reds in about 8 years, but I remember being blown away by it in college. In fact, I’ve been a big fan of all of Beatty’s films that he directed and think that they create an interesting and diverse resume that ranks up there with the great actor/directors:

Heaven Can Wait – Just a really enjoyable romantic comedy, with Beatty re-teaming with Julie Christie 7 years after McCabe & Mrs. Miller. There love/hate chemistry works well in both films, and this might just be Beatty’s most winning performance ever. I can still hear the score in my head, and the ending is just terrific. I’m even more impressed after seeing the horrible Chris Rock remake that got everything wrong.

Reds – A really interesting political period piece cum romance. I remember the performances being spot-on, the writing being incisive, and being totally engrossed.

Dick Tracy – Sure, this is seen as somewhat of a joke, but as a 14 year-old, I really dug it. A fun comic adaptation that doesn’t take itself too seriously, with a lot of great actors hamming it up.

Bulworth – People mock the Halle Berry-Warren Beatty romance angle, but overall this is a movie with a lot of great social commentary. I think I might have had it in my top 10 of 1998.

3/13/2006 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I still love Dick Tracy, I think it is wildly underrated.

3/13/2006 09:01:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

I was just thinking I should watch Dick Tracy again--I haven't seen it since it came out. I think it might age better than some of those other comic-book movies. Ah, yes, it is a 1990 film, and thus may escape the curse of being an '80's film I haven't seen in a long time and now find I can't understand why I ever liked it (Superman II, Ghostbusters, to name two).

3/13/2006 10:59:00 PM  

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