Monday, June 2, 2014

The Great Anton Walbrook

From the Red Shoes (1948)

From The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

One of our favourite actors is the great Anton Walbrook. Everytime Deborah and I visit London we visit his grave at St. John's Church in Hampstead and make sure it's in good condition. 

Born in Vienna, he had a stage and film career in Austria and Germany but he eventually settled in the UK where he made perhaps his most famous films. He came from a family of actors spanning 10 generations, but his father took this tradition in another direction when he became a circus clown. 

Walbrook was a very emotional actor, but an emotion held in check giving the impression he could erupt at any minute. This created an inner tension in his performances that is always fascinating to watch.

Some of his best films are - 

Gaslight (1940)
49th Parallel (1941)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
The Red Shoes (1948)
The Queen of Spades (1949)
La Ronde (1950)