The Film Gourmand Posted by FilmGourmand 5 years ago in 12:00 am
On August, 18th Robert Redford is 75 years!
The first time I have seen Redford, probably, somewhere in the late sixties. Why I speak «probably». Because then, a year at 68-69 I have looked a film «The Chase». But, probably, Marlon Brando’s charisma has completely eclipsed Redford. It was remembered only the blond poor fellow, constantly appearing in wrong place and in wrong time.
And really I have noticed Redford after a film «The Sting». It is curious that approximately in at one time with «The Sting» on the Soviet screens the Italian film of the same adventurous genre – «Bluff» was shown. And the Soviet cinema-goers compared a couple Newman-Redford to a couple of Quinn-Celentano. The first couple was considered as pair more intellectual swindlers, the second – more excentric.
I do not remember, whether the film «Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid» in a Soviet period was shown, but I could look it in 2000th years. Probably, therefore I had an impression that a role in this film of Redford has finished the series of roles with the general name «the blond knave».
Then Redford has charmed the Soviet spectators in a film «Three days of the Condor». A role in this film of Redford has opened a series of roles of the intellectual agents, continued in films «Sneakers», «Spy Game».
Approximately at the same time director’s activity of Redford has begun by a film «Ordinary people». It is surprising, as the spirit of films where Redford acts as the actor differs from films of Redford as a director. They cannot be compared, which is better, which is worse. They – are different. And it testifies to a versatility of talent of Redford.
God grant to him many years so he could please still spectators both as the actor, and as the director!
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