Alan Bates in "An Englishman Abroad," a must see for forum members, with scenes shot in the basement of John Lobb, at a Savile Row tailor, Sulka, etc. A review: "My very favorite video: An Englishman Abroad (TV 1983). Favorite scene: Burgess and Browne size each other up, in silence. And yes, God Is An Englishman. To quote Alan Strachan one of his supreme performances, in Alan Bennett's An Englishman Abroad. Based on the meeting in Moscow between the actress Coral Browne (who played herself) and the defected traitor Guy Burgess in 1959, John Schlesinger's film revolved round Bates's glorious performance. Looking like a debauched Botticelli angel and seemingly gleefully unrepentant, still full of the camp, mandarin Cambridge style of the 1930s, cannily and gradually Bates revealed the hollow man below, lost and loveless in his chosen promised land. The film ends with Browne, as requested, arranging for a new suit to be made by Burgess's old Savile Row tailors; the final shots of a seemingly revived and squeaky-clean Burgess encased in his new pinstripes, with bowler and tightly-furled brolley, beaming as he strides jauntily through the Moscow crowds, to the strains of Gilbert and Sullivan's "To Be an Englishman", are unforgettable. "
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2/24/05 at 1:38pm