Tag Archives: Maggie Smith

When Maggie Smith called me a horrible man

By Ray Bennett To meet a movie actor you admire can sometimes be a disappointment but Maggie Smith, whose 80th birthday salute is coming to an end at the BFI, was exactly how I hoped she would be. She told … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Dustin Hoffman directs ‘Quartet’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Dustin Hoffman has worked with many of the best film directors so it’s no wonder that some of their talents have rubbed off to make his debut film as director such a pleasure. No question … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Betty Blue Eyes’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – “Betty Blue Eyes” is a new stage musical based on the 1984 Michael Palin and Maggie Smith post-war English comedy “A Private Function” but in making something loud and boisterous, the show loses the film’s … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Wycherley’s ‘The Country Wife’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – When the curtain goes up in the new West End production of William Wycherley’s Restoration sex comedy “The Country Wife,” Toby Stephens, as a priapic young stud named Horner, is standing alone with his back … Continue reading

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