Martin Landau: Mission Complete

July 17, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classic Film, FILM | 2 Comments |

Martin Landau (20 June, 1928 – 15 July, 2017)

The Varnished Culture will tonight enjoy a libation or two and watch one or more of his three greatest films: North by Northwest (1959) as the creepy (and deadly) apparatchik Leonard…






Or Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) a morality tale, as the tortured soul who learns to live with guilt







…or perhaps best of all, his sublime portrayal of a moribund Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. Vale, Martin.







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    Dr Phil

    July 17, 2017

    One of the greats. What a somber, expressive face. Happy landing, Landau

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    Smug of Glebe

    July 20, 2017

    I remember Alan Bates once quoted a review of one of his later films that said "Bates' performance makes Bela Lugosi appear a Master of nuance."

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