No Man’s Land

This was a film of the live version of the staged play, so it was an odd mixture of watching a recording of something that was once live, but with close-ups and detail usually only visible in cinema. I came away with much admiration for the skill, intelligence and sheer physical stamina of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen – both in their mid-seventies.

Everything about the play was good: the acting, the directing, Pinter’s joy in words and questioning whether they can bridge the gap between us. Lots of menace, of course, and you are left to decide for yourself where no man’s land is located. Dementia? Old age? Self?

But funny. That over-careful movement from drunk sitting to drunk standing to drunk walking while maintaining dignity . . . brilliant. (And I realise in retrospect that I have fooled no one!)

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