Now Hear This

No less a person than the late Leonid Brezhnev wants you over at the Auteurs’ Notebook for this week’s edition of The Forgotten, which looks at Mike Hodges and Tom Stoppard’s political comedy-drama SQUARING THE CIRCLE.

6 Responses to “Now Hear This”

  1. That still above is strikingly similar to a moment in Ivan the Terrible, Part I where Nikolai Cherkassov leans forward in profile as rows of peasants march across the file in the bottom of the frame.

  2. jason hyde Says:

    Looks a lot like Bela Lugosi there.

  3. Well, Lugosi had the same Slavic origins, kind of, as Brezhnev. The guy in STC is a good lookalike, if somewhat more healthy in appearance. My memories of LB are of a sort of chubby zombie.

    I’m sure Hodges knows his Eisenstein very well indeed.

  4. Bela Lugosi is turning over in his grave, and that’s never a good thing, at the implication that a Hungarian is even approximately a Slav. Or was he one of those indeterminate Austro-Hungarian types a la Peter Lorre?

  5. I think you’re right, he certainly describes himself as Hungarian in Ed Wood. I withdraw the Slavic slur.

  6. His birthplace, Transylvania, was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, but is now part of Rumania. So I’m not sure what that makes him, but probably not Slav.

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