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<<< January 12 & 13, 2007
|Helen Mirren: In-Person
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Helen Mirren, a London native descended from Russian aristocracy (her grandfather
was stranded and took up residence in England during the 1917 revolution), reportedly
aspired to be an actress from the tender age of 6. Although her parents did not look upon
acting as a viable profession, Helen nevertheless eventually found her way after
auditioning for and winning a place at the National Youth Theatre. She made her debut at
the Old Vic in 1965 as Cleopatra (in Antony And Cleopatra). Within two years she
joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her career suddenly began moving at a lightning
pace, and, although she appeared in two filmed Shakespeare plays previously, Helen made
her screen debut proper in 1969 when director Michael Powell cast her opposite James Mason
in AGE OF CONSENT. Here she set a high standard for more exceptional film
performances to come as well as exhibited a healthy, boldly uninhibited attitude towards
frankness of subject matter. Indeed, she appeared nude in several idyllic island
interludes throughout this endearing, joyful picture. More controversial and acclaimed
roles followed, including Ken Russells SAVAGE MESSIAH, Lindsay Andersons O
LUCKY MAN, John Mackenzies THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY, John Boormans EXCALIBUR, Pat
OConnors CAL, Taylor Hackfords WHITE NIGHTS (she married Hackford
in 1997), Peter Weirs THE MOSQUITO COAST, Peter Greenaways THE COOK, THE
THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER and Paul Schraders THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS. In 1990,
she also inaugurated the role of police detective Jane Tennison in the pioneering British
TV series, "Prime Suspect," bringing all the courage, vulnerability and honesty
she had shown in her best film portrayals. Indeed, her depiction of an all-too-human,
tenacious, emotionally dysfunctional but fearless policewoman ranks as some of her finest
work. More celebrated performances have followed from the 1990s on, from Terry
Georges SOME MOTHERS SON and Robert Altmans GOSFORD PARK to
excellent cable television productions such as THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE and
ELIZABETH I (for which she won a well-deserved Emmy). Helens latest role as Queen
Elizabeth in Stephen Frears THE QUEEN is earning her more accolades than ever
before, and she seems poised to receive yet another Oscar nomination for Best Actress. We
are very happy to welcome Helen Mirren for this special In-Person Tribute at The Egyptian
Friday, January 12 7:30 PM
Helen Mirren Double Feature:
CAL, 1984, Warner Bros., 102 min. Dir. Pat OConnor. John
Lynch (ANGEL BABY) is Cal, an accomplice in the IRA murder of a Protestant policeman,
who falls in love with the mans Catholic widow, librarian Marcella (Helen Mirren,
who won Best Actress at Cannes). Guilt-plagued Cal is caught between a rock-and-a-hard
place, not cut-out for ruthless extremism nor for the dishonest front he must maintain as
his relationship with Mirren flowers. Both Mirren and Lynch are phenomenally good
as doomed lovers unable to live their lives the way theyd like because of the
intolerant and hateful nature of society around them. With Donal McCann, Ray McAnally."Miss
Mirren, through a reserve that disappears layer by layer, makes Marcella a woman of
unexpected substance and generosity, one who is no more comfortable with the pain and
paradoxes of Northern Ireland than Cal is himself." Janet Maslin, New
York Times NOT ON DVD.
New Restored 35mm Print! AGE OF CONSENT, 1969, Sony Repertory, 103 min. Dir.
Michael Powell. James Mason is at his crotchety, hard-drinking best as
rabelaisian artist, Bradley Morrison, sojourning on a remote isle off the Great Barrier
Reef to try to jumpstart his dried-up muse. He finds inspiration unexpectedly in the form
of nubile free spirit, Cora Ryan (a delightful, gorgeous Helen Mirren in one of her
earliest roles), an outspoken teenager living with her alcoholic harridan of an aunt (Neva
Carr-Glynn). With a great turn by Jack MacGowran (THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS)
as Masons neer-do-well friend and Harold Hopkins as Mirrens
wanna-be beau. Masons Morrison character was based on painter, Norman Lindsay,
famous for his sumptuous paintings of voluptuous nudes in natural settings. NOT ON DVD.
Saturday, January 13 7:30 PM
Helen Mirren In-Person Double Feature:
THE QUEEN, 2006, Miramax, 97 min. Blending the rewards of a
detailed film biography with an insightful meditation on character, director Stephen
Frears (DANGEROUS LIAISONS; DIRTY PRETTY THINGS) puts the British monarchy under the
microscope. Set in 1997, it details the bond of trust that slowly develops between the
71-year-old Queen Elizabeth humanized by the Oscar-caliber performance of Helen
Mirren in the title role and prime minister, Tony Blair (Michael Sheen)
following the death of Princess Diana. With James Cromwell. "
has turned THE QUEEN into something you never imagined it could be: a
crackling dramatic story that's intelligent, thoughtful and moving."
Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times "Like all great
Mirren maintains an edge of mystery
that has all the ambiguities of
real life and real people." Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
SOME MOTHERS SON, 1996, Warner Bros.,
112 min. Terry George (co-writer of IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER) directs this clear-eyed
study of the dilemna posed to a Northern Irish Catholic mother, Kathleen Quigley (Helen
Mirren) when her son (Aidan Gillen) is not only convicted along with other IRA
bombers, but goes on the legendary prison hunger strike that took the lives of ten men,
including radical activist, Bobby Sands (John Lynch). Mirrens
characters convictions about what constitutes humanity and the value of human life
are seriously threatened when she is presented with two seemingly impossible choices. Fionnula
Flanagan is Mirrens firebrand counterpart, Annie Higgins, whose son is also
imprisoned. "Do political convictions
imply a duty to sacrifice not only
ones own life but those of people we love?
Mirren, delivering an Oscar-worthy
embodies these timeless questions in her character." - Russell
Smith, Austin Chronicle Discussion in between films
with actress, Helen Mirren.