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Captivating and very moving,
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This review is from: Talking Heads - The Complete Collection [DVD] (DVD)
This is a wonderful set of monologues, brilliantly crafted and superbly acted. They are funny and touching, many will move you to tears as well as laughter. All stand up to repeated viewings.
My favorite is probably the Maggie Smith piece "A Bed Among the Lentils" where she runs the gamut from world-weary resignation to snide disdain to moments that choke me up just to think about. Thre's an amazing bit right near the end where her lips quiver ever so slightly, her eyes do something I can't describe and her voice barely trembles - you know she's crying on the inside and trying to maintain a facade. Superb acting!
The whole set is of this caliber, though. Patricia Routledge (who I associated with rather broad comedy due to Violet Bucket) does some truly marvelous work here too.
The pieces are all quite rich - there's always some starting premise to draw you in, but unsuspected layers gradually emerge and by the end of each monologue you've witnessed a fully fleshed-out story with well-rounded characters and surprising relationships. The sheer artistry of Bennett's work here is amazing (it reminds me a bit of Ruth Draper)
In addition you get Telling Tales - some wonderful autobiographical stories from Bennett himself - all at a bargain price.