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Tender and virile and witty and dangerous!

Well so much for faux Hamlets, the greatest of modern performances was delivered in London and New York by the American actor, John Barrymore who influenced a new generation of tragedians: Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Orson Welles.

Orson Welles says of Barrymore’s Hamlet that, “He was tender and virile and witty and dangerous!” That is a very good description of what we refer to as Style. You will find an ample stock of each of these ingredients in yourself if you look for them. They come as standard equipment.

Take a minute and view some of youtube’s Barrymore clips. The silent films of the ‘20s are of particular interest. In this clip from “Arsene Lupin” (1932) you will find the four qualities of Style displayed effectively.

Cheers.

Published: 18 June 2011 - Written by Alden Michael in section: Uncategorized

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