Monthly Archives: February 2009

THEATRE REVIEW: Nicholas de Jongh’s ‘Plague Over England’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – At a time when Sean Penn is honoured for playing a gay man who was slain, Nicholas de Jongh’s dull play “Plague Over England,” about how legendary British Shakespearean actor John Gielgud was embarrassed in … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Theatre | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

BERLIN FILM REVIEW: Nicole Haeusser’s ‘Little Joe’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – He became famous in the 1960s as Andy Warhol’s naked muse in several Paul Morrissey movies and he was immortalized in song by Lou Reed but, as Nicole Haeusser’s documentary “Little Joe” shows, the life … Continue reading

Posted in Berlin International Film Festival, Film, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

John Hurt talks about returning to play Quentin Crisp

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – British actor John Hurt told me that he is the straight actor who has played the greatest number of gay characters onscreen and he returns to the most famous one of them all, Quentin Crisp, in … Continue reading

Posted in Berlin International Film Festival, Film, Interviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

BERLIN FILM REVIEW: Boris Khlebnikov’s ‘Help Gone Mad’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – Russian director Boris Khlebnikov’s enigmatic urban saga “Help Gone Mad” is very Russian indeed with long slow scenes and the driest comedy involving two lost men who take on some resemblance to Don Quixote and … Continue reading

Posted in Berlin International Film Festival, Film, Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

BERLIN FILM REVIEW: John Hurt in ‘An Englishman in New York’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – When John Hurt portrayed Quentin Crisp in the movie “The Naked Civil Servant” 33 years ago, it gave Crisp the stardom he’d always craved. Now Hurt is back in the same role in “An Englishman … Continue reading

Posted in Berlin International Film Festival, Film, Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

BERLIN FILM REVIEW: Simon Bitton’s documentary ‘Rachel’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – The drive to keep alive the name of a young American woman who died beneath a U.S.-made bulldozer driven by an Israeli soldier in Palestine continues in Simone Bitton’s sober documentary “Rachel.” The idealistic Rachel … Continue reading

Posted in Berlin International Film Festival, Film, Reviews, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BERLIN FILM REVIEW: Sally Potter’s ‘Rage’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – Sally Potter’s Berlin competition film “Rage” shows that no matter how shallow, pretentious, self-regarding and irrelevant the fashion industry might be, there will always be a filmmaker who is more so. The British writer and … Continue reading

Posted in Berlin International Film Festival, Film, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BERLIN FILM REVIEW: Wolfgang Murmberger’s ‘The Bone Man’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – Austrian comedian Josef Hader returns as lugubrious former police officer Simon Brenner in “The Bone Man,” the third of director Wolfgang Murmberger’s screen versions of the blackly comic crime novels by Wolf Haas. Star, director … Continue reading

Posted in Berlin International Film Festival, Film, Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

BERLIN FILM REVIEW: Rie Rasmussen’s ‘Human Zoo’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – Former Danish model Rie Rasmussen, who had the lead role in Luc Besson’s 2005 film “Angel,” writes, directs, edits and stars in her ambitious first feature, “Human Zoo,” about a woman haunted by her hellish … Continue reading

Posted in Berlin International Film Festival, Film, Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

BERLIN FILM REVIEW: Nick Oceano’s ‘Pedro’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – With the story of Pedro Zamora, the Cuban-born youngster who contracted the HIV virus at age 17 and told his story on MTV’s “The Real World” before dying young, “Pedro” is a film that wears its … Continue reading

Posted in Berlin International Film Festival, Film, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment