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Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH (/ˈɡiːlɡʊd/; 14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000) was an English actor, director, and producer. A descendant of the renowned Terry acting family, he achieved...

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John Gielgud in Prospero's Books: A Poem by Charles Bryant

My beloved father's personal good looks and profile bore some resemblance to those of John Gielgud. He had a similarly deeply resonant speaking voice; and his habit of half-humorously addressing me as his 'dear boy' had a touch of the stage about it. So that whenever I watch and listen to Gielgud it seems as if I am in presence of the paternal principle. John was 87 when he made the film of Prospero's Books with Peter Greenaway. (I hope I'm as hale if ever I reach that age!) The film had what are called 'mixed reviews' but for me it's a wonderful piece of cinema. Unfortunately it's not available on DVD although you can apparently obtain copies of it on VHS - if you have a machine capable of playing these casettes. You can get a taster from my video and further excerpts are on You Tube. The music is by Michael Nyman - it's ideal for reading to (with or against) since it has almost no development; it just goes on - and for that reason it echoes and echoes in the mind, in my mind, along with the similarly unforgettable voices of Johnnie and my own dear father and the eternal cadences of the immortal William. (OTT? - oh well......) John Gielgud in Prospero's Books A Poem by Charles Bryant Music and text both admirable, concept intriguing, performance beyond reproach; for shapeliness unbeaten. Age is here the apogee. His voice, coached through the decades, now so clear it equally can soar or fall with minimal conscious effort, an instrument tuned to perfection, crammed with <b>...</b>
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