R.I.P. Albert Finney

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Re: R.I.P. Albert Finney

Postby Big Magilla » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:24 am

All those except Wolfen which I haven;t seen in decades.

I've probably seen Finney's version of Scrooge now just as many times as the Reginald Owen version if not the Alastair Sim version as well.
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Re: R.I.P. Albert Finney

Postby Precious Doll » Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:45 am

Big Magilla wrote:I've re-seen so many of his films in the past few years, it didn't occur to me that he hadn't made a film in seven years until I came across the notation in this article that Skyfall was his last film.


I've watched a lot of his films in the last 2 years or so: Tom Jones, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Wolfen, The Dresser, Murder on the Orient Express (which I didn't much care for on my initial viewing in the 1980s but loved the second time round and I had a lot more appreciation for the entire cast) and The Entertainer (his feature film debut). I've seen Under the Volcano & Two For the Road so many times I've lost count.
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Re: R.I.P. Albert Finney

Postby Big Magilla » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:41 am

I've re-seen so many of his films in the past few years, it didn't occur to me that he hadn't made a film in seven years until I came across the notation in this article that Skyfall was his last film.
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Re: R.I.P. Albert Finney

Postby Precious Doll » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:26 am

Here is a link to a terrific piece on Albert Finney. Lots of great photos and observations of him by people who worked with and knew him:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... inney.html
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Re: R.I.P. Albert Finney

Postby Precious Doll » Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:27 am

Reza wrote:Apparently Finney told the Academy that he would not bother coming over to collect an honorary Oscar. Since the Academy does not present in absentia that was their last attempt at giving Finney one.

Janet Gaynor and Myrna Loy were both awarded Oscars and their acceptance speech was filmed at their homes. Godard was awarded an Oscar in absentia too so not sure if the Finney story holds true.


I think Godard pulled a swifty on them. Accepting the award and than nearer the awards ceremony saying he couldn't travel all that way without smoking. That forced the Academy to make do the best they could.

Also, the Academy allowed Carrie Fisher to accept on Debbie Reynolds behalf a couple of years ago due to her mothers ailing health.

Finney never attended the Oscars for any of his nominations and is quoted as saying something like he didn't want to sit around for hours where he couldn't enjoy smoking and drinking. He had kidney cancer about 6 six years which he beat and apparently passed away as the result of a chest infection.

I wish the Academy would give more Honorary Awards to people whilst they are still in their 70s as a number don't even make it to their 80's and some are serious decline by then. Besides, one wants receiptants to get as many years as possible to enjoy the honour and memory of such an event.
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Re: R.I.P. Albert Finney

Postby Precious Doll » Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:04 am

Big Magilla wrote:I'd add David Warner, Timothy Dalton and late in the decade, Malcolm McDowell to the list. Warner and McDowell were definitely in the angry young man mold, Dalton not so much.


Great catches.

How could I forget David Warner :oops: - one of the favourite actors of all time and it was nice seeing him Mary Poppins Returns recently. The 1960s was certainly a showcase for British acting talent. Juts an extraordinary period for actors, actresses and directors too.
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Re: R.I.P. Albert Finney

Postby Reza » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:44 am

Apparently Finney told the Academy that he would not bother coming over to collect an honorary Oscar. Since the Academy does not present in absentia that was their last attempt at giving Finney one.

Janet Gaynor and Myrna Loy were both awarded Oscars and their acceptance speech was filmed at their homes. Godard was awarded an Oscar in absentia too so not sure if the Finney story holds true.

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Re: R.I.P. Albert Finney

Postby Big Magilla » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:23 am

I'd add David Warner, Timothy Dalton and late in the decade, Malcolm McDowell to the list. Warner and McDowell were definitely in the angry young man mold, Dalton not so much.
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Re: R.I.P. Albert Finney

Postby Precious Doll » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:19 pm

Reza wrote:
Mister Tee wrote:Was he the last survivor of the Angry Young Man cohort, or do we count Tom Courtenay?


Maybe not quite from the "angry young man" school of cinema but I think his only surviving contemporaries from the 1960s are Tom Courtenay, Terence Stamp and Michael Caine.


There is also (not from the "angry young man" group) Sean Connery, Murray Melvin & James Fox. Later in the 1960s Edward Fox, Anthony Hopkins & Michael York would all emerge. I honestly can't think of anyone else.
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Re: R.I.P. Albert Finney

Postby Reza » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:50 pm

Mister Tee wrote:Was he the last survivor of the Angry Young Man cohort, or do we count Tom Courtenay?


Maybe not quite from the "angry young man" school of cinema but I think his only surviving contemporaries from the 1960s are Tom Courtenay, Terence Stamp and Michael Caine.

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Re: R.I.P. Albert Finney

Postby Reza » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:45 pm

Mister Tee wrote:Given his disdain for honors like a knighthood, it's entirely possible he was offered a lifetime achievement award and said no. He's certainly earned one in most people's estimation.


In 2001 he was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship, their version of the honorary Oscar, which he very proudly accepted.

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Re: R.I.P. Albert Finney

Postby Mister Tee » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:34 pm

Was he the last survivor of the Angry Young Man cohort, or do we count Tom Courtenay?

Truly an astonishing filmography -- and he didn't even make that many films, relative to some contemporaries, because he still did so much stage work.

So many splendid movies in which he played a part -- Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Tom Jones, Two for the Road and Miller's Crossing personal favorites.

As for prizes: he demonstrated that you could do quality work year over year and simply slip through -- never quite having the right vehicle in the right year. Given his disdain for honors like a knighthood, it's entirely possible he was offered a lifetime achievement award and said no. He's certainly earned one in most people's estimation.

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Re: R.I.P. Albert Finney

Postby Reza » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:57 am

Such sad news.....and yet another great star the Academy failed to honour with an honorary Oscar.

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Re: R.I.P. Albert Finney

Postby Big Magilla » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:54 am

One of the great ones. He'll definitely be missed.
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Re: R.I.P. Albert Finney

Postby Bog » Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:59 am

Titanic loss to the world of film and television!


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