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*contains spoilers Fans of Gene Wilder (1933-2016 Alzheimer’s disease) and Zero Mostel (1915-77 heart aneurysm) who appeared together in the Mel Brooks comedy The Producers (1968) are probably not aware of the theatre of the absurd movie version of playwright Eugene Ionesco’s (1909-94) Rhinoceros (1974). While this isn’t a great movie, part of the absurdist…

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*contains spoilers The musician Sting (1951-) appears to have had a rather desultory film career. It all seemed to have started so promisingly with the big screen adaptation of writer Dennis Potter’s (1935-94 pancreatic cancer) tv play Brimstone & Treacle (1982). But his music seems to have taken precedence in the years that followed… Not…

Read more The Cult of Musician Sting in Brimstone and Treacle (1982)

*contains spoilers The British playwright Joe Orton (1933-1967 murdered) had the shortest of careers in the mid-1960s before his long-time lover Kenneth Halliwell (1926-67 sleeping pill overdose) hit him nine times on the forehead with a hammer in their London bedsit and then committed suicide. It is a part of the legend of Orton that…

Read more The Cult of Playwright Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane