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David Mamet

A fascinating celebration of the acting of Al Pacino (1940) and Helen Mirren (1945) in the lead roles, directed in auteur style by David Mamet. Shown to mark Mamet’s 70th birthday (30 November). David Mamet initially worked memories of his difficult childhood into his plays and screenplays. He studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York, later going on to lecture at the school, as well as at Yale Drama School and the Atlantic Theatre Company, of which he is a founder member. Although in film he is known as a film director and screenwriter, he has gained much greater fame as an excellent playwright. He made his name with his trio of off-Broadway productions, The Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago and American Buffalo, winning an award for them in 1976. They are dark plays, showing the difficult situations faced by second-rate drifters. Mamet has won the Pulitzer Prize, been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame and named a Grand Master of American Theater (2010). His plays have also been shown in leading Czech theatres. The film shown is based on real life events. The music producer Phil Spector entered the history of rock music not just because of his work with the Beatles. In 2003 he was charged with the murder of a young actress, and among his defenders was L.K. Baden...

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