Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Louise Brooks film in the works

 January 23rd article in the English newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph, states that a film centering on the relationship between critic and playwright Kenneth Tynan and silent film star Louise Brooks is in the works. According to the article, "Matthew [ Tynan ], a screenwriter and producer, is at last seeing through to production his mother's screenplay about his father's (seriously reciprocated) obsession with the silent-film actress Louise Brooks. Shirley MacLaine, one of Tynan's greatest Hollywood friends, will play the old diva; Jeremy Irons is slated as the hedonistic critic."

The article, by Michael Coveney, focusses on a new stage play about Tynan in which Corin Redgrave will play the famed critic. The article goes on to say, "Tynan will be then thrice-embodied, for Redgrave's performance follows that of Peter Eyre who four years ago played a more epicene Tynan in a play by Janet Munsil, Smoking with Lulu, that reworked the real-life encounter between Tynan and Brooks as a magnetic fantasy, poised between an older Louise and her younger, sexually mysterious self."

Tynan - a one man show based on the diaries of Kenneth Tynan - opens at the Royal Shakespeare Company Arts Theatre in London on February 21st. The production runs through March 26th. If anyone attends, please pick up an extra flier or program for the LBS.

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