From King George VI to… Noel Coward. Rare is the instance in which those two are grouped together, but Colin Firth will act as the binding tie with Mad Dogs and Englishmen, a biographical picture, of sorts, that Ross Elliot and Gene Kirkwood are producing through their newest business venture, Bitesize.
But you don’t care all too much about the producing credits. What you’ll want to know — and what I’m about to tell you — pertains to the screenplay, written by Willy Holtzman, and which focuses on the legendary actor’s time in Las Vegas performing a two-week cabaret show, an opportunity that was only made possible by the unforeseen injuring of Liberace. Dramatically-speaking, the meat of the film will emphasize relationships Coward had with both his agent and piano teacher; a certain tax evasion on the actor’s part — the whole reason he agreed to this job — might also create some conflict.
My (Two) Week(s) with Noel, then? I’m not sure if Mad Dogs and Englishmen will bear that mark, but it still sounds far more in line with last year’s Marilyn Monroe piece, or even this December’s Hyde Park on Hudson — you decide if that’s for better or for worse — than an overarching portrait. Being entirely confident that Firth at least brings his considerable talents and charisma to the screen, though, I can guarantee something about the film will be worth discussing.
Where do you fall on Mad Dogs and Englishmen? Is this a story worthy of the big screen treatment?
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