Talking Pictures: Robert Mitchum

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Arts Documentary hosted by Sylvia Syms, published by BBC in 2014 - English narration

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The life and career of one of Hollywood's original bad boys, Robert Mitchum, is examined using archive footage of his appearances on the BBC that illustrate why he was a favourite of film fans, and an interviewer's nightmare. The actor, originally from Connecticut in America, is still considered one of the greatest movie stars of all time. He featured in more than 100 films during his career, most famously Cape Fear (1962), The Night of the Hunter (1955) and Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957). Bob Mitchum never really had to act the tough guy. He was the real deal. Before Brando and James Dean, Mitchum was the archetypal American hipster anti-hero. Actors from Eastwood to Rourke to Michael Madsen have channelled his deadpan cool. Filmmakers like Scorsese, Tarantino, the Coen brothers and Jim Jarmusch (who gave the actor his last great role, in 1995's Dead Man) have tapped the doomed fatalism of Mitchum's finest film noirs. Robert Mitchum's deep voice, six-foot boxer's build, laconic, crooked smile and heavy-lidded gaze made the actor a natural for playing lone wolf, maverick characters. The 'father of film noir' had a reputation as a drunk and a hell-raiser. As he said, 'they think I don't know my lines. That's not true. I'm just too drunk to say em'. The pot-smoking, saxophone-playing, alcoholic insomniac was a beatnik before the phrase had even been coined. It was his injuries as a teenage boxer and his insomnia that Mitch put his signature drooping-lidded look down to. Mitchum is largely remembered for his starring roles in several major works of the film noir style, and is considered a forerunner of the anti-heroes prevalent in film during the 1950s and 1960s. Despite his success Mitchum was known to be self-effacing and disliked actors who took their jobs too seriously. His impassive, almost idle authority made other performers look over-anxious on-screen and he mocked them off it. In an interview with Barry Norman for the BBC Mitchum, in true, nonchalant style, said: "Look, I have two kinds of acting. One on a horse and one off a horse. That's it." He added how acting was actually very simple and that his job was to "show up on time, know his lines, hit his marks, and go home". A notoriously bellicose interviewee, Mitchum proves himself expectedly laconic and iconoclastic but disarmingly thoughtful while recalling his years as a contract player, and reflecting on the vagaries of show business, on politics, and of the paradoxical loneliness of the life of a movie star.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4
Video Bitrate: 3 682 kb/s
Video Resolution: 1280x720
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AAC (LC)
Audio Bitrate: 125 kb/s VBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 33 min 13 s
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 904 MB
Source: WEB DL
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