Don't Look Now

Don't Look Now

The great Donald Sutherland (88) passed earlier today, RIP.

This fine Canadian actor was something of a rare breed. You were never quite sure what you were going to get when he appeared on screen. His character portrayals were rarely straightforward, and always interesting and engaging... sometimes charming, sometimes menacing. His presence on set surely elevated the collective performances of the entire cast, whether it be in his earlier days in M*A*S*H (the movie, 1970), or later on in The Hunger Games series.

His performance in Don't Look Now (1973) with Julie Christie is a standout for me - the raw intensity is spellbinding, and makes for a devastatingly unsettling experience, both while watching the show and thereafter...

Some Quotes

"For me, working with these great guys was like falling in love. I was their lover, their beloved." [speaking of Fellini, Altman, Bertolucci, and the like]

"Film acting is about the surrender of will to the director."

"Working for Fellini was the best experience of my life. For an actor, there is no one like him. More than anyone else in the world, you submit to Fellini. He is the master, and you go to serve.