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Charles Laughton's Claudius [Jan. 17th, 2006|10:25 pm]
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I was wondering what folks think of Charles Laughton's Claudius compared to the miniseries. Although unfinished, the existing 1937 footage was included as part of the I, Claudius video release. Personally, I'm sorry it wasn't completed. From what little can be seen, I think Laughton would have made a wonderful Claudius (although I'll always be biased toward Sir Derek Jacobi's portrayal).

I'd also like to mention jacobian_bard, a community for fans of Sir Derek. (If mentioning this isn't allowed, please feel free to remove this post.)

[User Picture]From: paris_of_priam
2006-01-18 03:42 am (UTC)
"That was the BROADEDST east end cockney I've ever heard!"

I thought Charles Laughton was an excellent Claudius! I'm sorry they didn't complete the movie, too.

(My girlfriend and I watched the Claudius documentary at the end of the I Claudius series, and she noted that Charles Laughton looked like he was 'riding a bicycle' when he was doing his version of the Claudian limp! I thought that was a really cute observation.)
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[User Picture]From: cyloran
2006-01-18 04:03 am (UTC)
You know, now that you mention it, he rather did look like he was 'riding a bicycle'. My understanding as to why the film was never finished was that Merle Oberon was in a car accident and production stopped. Pity. I think it would have been wonderful.
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From: stellamavis
2006-01-18 03:38 pm (UTC)
I think it definitely had potential. Laughton was a terrific actor, and he's portrayal looked like pretty good from what I saw. Unfortunately, in 1937 they had a bad habit of glossing over a lot of details and sugar coating the more unsavory bits. I'll always be prejudiced towards the PBS version with Sir Derek. Wow. He's absolutely brilliant.
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