The Dresser

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Released 1983

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Director:
Peter Yates
Released:
1983
Rating:
PG
The Dresser is a wry 1983 British look at the behind-the-curtain machinations that make a night at the theater possible. The aging Sir (Albert Finney) has had a long and respected career as a Shakespearean actor and as the owner of a touring theatrical ensemble. Facing financial troubles and the challenge of a company of actors too old and infirm to serve in World War II, Sir must rally through his 277th performance of the classic "King Lear." With the London blitz in full gear, the petulant and faltering Sir prepares for the demanding role with his loyal and longsuffering dresser, Norman (Tom Courtenay). The effeminate Norman has dedicated his life to knowing every detail of Sir's life, health and career. Sir repays Norman's dedication with a constant barrage of insults and reminders of his worthlessness, in a parallel to Lear's relationship to The Fool in the stage play. Peter Yates ("Breaking Away") directs this character study of those who choose a life in the theatre.moreless
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