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Masquerading, Underacting and Screen Performances in Hamlet Goes Business

The Films of Aki Kaurismäki : Ludic Engagements

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...The second act of William Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark features a speech by the character Polonius in which he announces the arrival of a group of actors at Elsinore. Polonius delivers an eloquent eulogy...

Blood Simple (1984)

Directed by

Joel Coen

Written by

Joel Coen

and

Ethan Coen

Screenplay

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...Landscapes An opening voice-over plays against dissolving Texas landscapes – broad, bare, and lifeless. Voice-Over The world is full of complainers. But the fact is, nothing comes with a guarantee. I don’t care if you’re the Pope of Rome,...

Fargo (1996)

Directed by

Joen Coen

Written by

Joen Coen

and

Ethan Coen

Screenplay

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...Flare to White FADE IN FROM WHITE Slowly the white becomes a barely perceptible image: white particles wave over a white background. A snowfall. A car bursts through the curtain of snow. The car is equipped with a hitch and is towing...

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

Directed by

Joel Coen

Written by

Joel Coen

and

Ethan Coen

Screenplay

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...A Whiskey Tumbler It sits on an oak bar under a glowing green banker’s lamp. Two ice cubes are dropped in. From elsewhere in the room: ManoffI’m talkin’ about friendship. I’m talkin’ about character. I’m talkin’ about – hell, Leo, I ain’t...
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...Black. Ed V.O. Yeah, I worked in a barbershop. But I never considered myself a barber … We track back from a barber’s pole. … I stumbled into it – well, married into it more precisely … We track back from a shopkeeper’s bell triggered...

Stormy Monday (1988)

Directed by

Mike Figgis

Written by

Mike Figgis

Screenplay

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...Soho Street – Night Two men, Patrick and Tony, are walking down Frith Street towards Soho Square. They are each carrying a briefcase and an overnight bag. It has been raining. The streets are still quite wet. Tony and Patrick are London...

A Ball ‘This Big’

Andre de Toth

Andre de Toth now lives in Los Angeles where he is finishing his third novel. His motto is: ‘Don't be careful – have fun!; I did.’ Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fragments : Portraits from the Inside

Faber & Faber, 2011

Book chapter

...The ‘empty silence’ now filled my head with the buzz of a swarming beehive. The ‘nothing’ turned into dark. No. Not dark, it turned into lifeless black. It was cold. Bone-freezing cold.Pain, deep, dull, heavy pain… I was on my back… Fear...

It Never Rains in California

Andre de Toth

Andre de Toth now lives in Los Angeles where he is finishing his third novel. His motto is: ‘Don't be careful – have fun!; I did.’ Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fragments : Portraits from the Inside

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...And I was out of a job. I didn’t have to cover the telephone with pillows any more, no agent invited me to have lunch. Invited me to lunch? They didn’t return my phone calls. It reminded me of the square-one-days of my visit to Hollywood.My...

It’s Not Enough to be Hungarian

Andre de Toth

Andre de Toth now lives in Los Angeles where he is finishing his third novel. His motto is: ‘Don't be careful – have fun!; I did.’ Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fragments : Portraits from the Inside

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...Undercurrents and riptides of discontent were cracking the foundations of society from below and the waning emotions of human decency from above. Europe was sitting down to the happy last supper of the doomed.The café houses beneath...

Mausoleum of Yesterday

Andre de Toth

Andre de Toth now lives in Los Angeles where he is finishing his third novel. His motto is: ‘Don't be careful – have fun!; I did.’ Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fragments : Portraits from the Inside

Faber & Faber, 2011

Book chapter

...That I survived at all in Vienna was sheer luck, but otherwise it was not a city of bargains for me. I always felt under the transparent ‘Gemütlichkeit’ was a cold, decaying, sad city.It never bothered me that there was no blue or otherwise...