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re: Miller's "Long Day's Journey..." with Jack Lemmon
Posted by: AlanScott 01:04 am EST 11/28/19
In reply to: Miller's "Long Day's Journey..." with Jack Lemmon - dczoo 05:30 pm EST 11/27/19

I've been on vacation from posting here for a few weeks because I couldn't deal with replying to the replies the last time I posted. I still could, but probably no one would see the replies.

Anyway, I was not an O'Neill skeptic, but I found that production revelatory. It remains one of the greatest productions I've ever seen of anything. Obviously, not everyone felt as we did. It seems that a lot of people disliked it, and some really hated it. But they're all wrong. :)

I also love his 1982 BBC Shakespeare King Lear. Not all his work was on that level, but he was a great director. I wish I could travel back in time to see his much acclaimed, antiromantic 1976 Three Sisters.

As far as I can tell, his Merchant of Venice was one of the 20th century's most influential Shakespeare productions, although I rarely see it mentioned as such. If there had been an earlier production that took the approach he took, and made some of the specific choices he made (which have been repeated almost exactly in some later productions), I don't know of them.

His book Subsequent Performances is fascinating.
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