Hateship, Loveship     Liza Johnson     2013

Direction     Liza Johnson        A
Writing Mark Jude Poirier        B+
(from a story by Alice Munro)
Hailee Steinfeld                       A
Sami Gayle                             A
Christine Lahti                        A
Jennifer Jason Leigh              B+
Nick Nolte                               B+
Guy Pearce                            A
Kristen Wiig                           A+

GUY PEARCE, whose work usually merits at least an A+, has a secondary role here as to screen time and a less showy role than other cast members though his character and past are the motivation for their actions.

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Charles Walters describing Judy Garland in live performance:

“Her genuineness, he insisted, was the key to her unparalleled appeal.  ‘People would cry when she’d sit [at] the footlights…and do “Rainbow.”…All she was doing was sweating, and she was out of breath.  But she made it work for her.  She used her theatrics, knowing that the gimmick was good  —  she’s sweating and she’s out of breath.  So make it work.  It’s not a lie.  It’s still the truth.  And I think what endeared her to audiences was that they felt the honesty.'”  (Quoted from Brent Phillips’ biography, Charles Walters, the director who made Hollywood dance, University Press of Kentucky, 2014.  Walters directed Judy Garland in Easter Parade, Summer Stock and some footage for Annie Get Your Gun.  He also staged her original Palace engagement and worked on her engagement at the Coconut Grove.)

Next Friday Post July 31
Until then,
See you at the movies,

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