Staircase

Staircase

Director: Stanley Donen Cast: Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Cathleen Nesbitt

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Overview

Homosexuality is only incidentally important in this drama of dependence and intimacy between two aging hair stylists, and nothing shocking to staid and heterosexual sensibilities takes place in this movie, a star turn for Richard Burton and Rex Harrison. Whether the original play was as patently offensive to actual homosexuals as this movie is, is open to question. What is certain is that it grossly exaggerates every unpleasant "fag" stereotype in the books, However, the lead actors skillfully make art out of these very same offensive tics, demonstrating the mysterious power of great performers to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. In the story, Charlie (Harrison) and Harry (Burton) have been roommates, business partners and intimates for many long years, and their convoluted mutual dependency is every bit as complicated as that between any aged but incompatible couple who have grown used to one another over the years. Charlie thinks he can do without Harry, but Harry knows better and patiently bears the barbs and arrows that come his way. One of the nicer aspects of the stereotypical portrayal is that both men get to demonstrate some beautifully sharp, barbed wit.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/23/2013
UPC: 0024543878445
Original Release: 1969
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 13,311

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Burton Harry
Rex Harrison Charlie
Cathleen Nesbitt Harry's Mother
Beatrix Lehmann Charlie's Mother
Gordon Heath Postman
Stephen Lewis Jack
Jake Kavanagh Choirboy
Dermot Kelly Gravedigger
Avril Angers Miss Ricard
Neil Wilson Policeman
Shelagh Fraser Cub Mistress
Gwen Nelson Matron
Pat Heywood Nurse
Rogers and Starr Drag Singer

Technical Credits
Stanley Donen Director,Producer
Ron Berkeley Makeup
Philippe Brun Cinematographer
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Alberto de Rossi Makeup
Jean-Louis Ducarme Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Dyer Screenwriter
Marc Grunebaum Asst. Director
Willy Holt Art Director
Richard Marden Editor
Dudley Moore Score Composer

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