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The Dresser Movie Review Summary

Actors: Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay

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Albert Finney is Sir, an aged theater actor-manager struggling to keep his company afloat in the dark lean days of the Second World War. (The character is based on British Shakespearean actor Sir Donald Wolfit.) Tom Courtenay is his devoted, poofy "dresser" -- the one who gets him costumed and fit to tread the boards every night. It's a fascinating codependent relationship, with the two abusing and hating and adoring each other (though the dresser is the more alert and knowing of the two, of course). Finney is roaringly magnificent, as always, but Courtenay truly carries this quiet, excellent little movie.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus








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Script Analysis of The Dresser

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's How much story is philosophy rather than plot?    -   1 () Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   artist Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   British

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment

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