Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Farewell to another Redgrave

Just a few weeks after her brother Corin died and a little over a year after Natasha Richardson, her niece, passed away in that awful skiing accident, Lynn Redgrave has succumbed to breast cancer at the age of 67. I …

Mon, May 3, 2010, 20:57

   

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Just a few weeks after her brother Corin died and a little over a year after Natasha Richardson, her niece, passed away in that awful skiing accident, Lynn Redgrave has succumbed to breast cancer at the age of 67. I always liked her. She seemed eccentric in a less scary way than her sister Vanessa and, though never a huge star, was always stonking good value. She had the look of somebody who’d buy you a cup of tea and an Eccles cake if you were down on your luck.

You can catch good supporting turns by her in David Cronenberg’s Spider, Bill Condon’s Gods and Monsters and the same director’s Kinsey. I would guess, however, that, to most movie fans, she will always be the titular hero of Georgy Girl. In truth, like other (groan) swinging sixties flicks such as Darling and Blow Up, Silvio Narizzano’s film — in which Lynn plays a dance teacher who gets seduced by James Mason — now looks awfully dated and, despite being based on a Margaret Forster novel, feels somewhat uncertain in its sexual politics.

Never mind. Redgrave is genuinely charming and it has an indestructible theme tune by the under-appreciated Seekers. Just look at Judith Durham go.

All together. “Hey there, Georgy Girl… ”

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