A note on The Devil’s Disciple (Guy Hamilton, 1959)

Seeing The Devil´s Disciple and thinking that in the space of a decade or so Burt Lancaster essayed Shaw, Inge, Williams, Rattigan, Miller, Odets: All the major dramatists of his day. I can´t think of another major star who did that (and yes I know Brando did Shakespeare and Williams). On another note, Kirk Douglas is so much better in the film than Laurence Olivier, who acts 25 expressions for every word, and every word is given a different intonation.

Olivier ‘acts’:


Burt plays a saintly minister until he can’t take British oppression any more and is forced to take care of the action:



José Arroyo

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