Movie Class 101 – Week 005 – The Work of Helen Mirren

May 25, 2012

Week Five: The Work of Dame Helen Mirren

She is an amazing actress.  Her record speaks for itself.  She has won an Academy Award for Best Actress, four SAG Awards, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, and two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards.  On top of that there is this picture from 2008…. She’s 63 years old here.  Beat that with a stick.

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This is how you age… with grace and dignity served up with a side of fierce.

Side note of vague importance… It’s better to be a Dame than a Lady.  A Lady gets her title from her marriage.  A Dame earned it on her own.

This week’s film list:

1. Age of Consent (1969)
2. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)
3. Gosford Park (2001)
4. The Queen (2006)

Bonus films:

5. Excalibur (1981)
6. Painted Lady (1997)
7. The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999)
8. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

Discussion questions:

1 – Do you think that Dame Helen would have the same long and illustrious career if she were American instead of British.  If not, why?
2 – Does growing older mean that an actor or actress should trend towards more sedate roles or should they have as much fun as they can?
3 – In a knockdown drag-out fight, who would you put your money on… Helen Mirren or Judi Dench?


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