Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Speaking of Meryl Streep...

...here is Meryl Streep speaking, being English and Polish and Australian and Danish and Irish and Italian and even Julia Child... (5:14)

9 comments:

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Such a talented actress, a real actress not like all those airheads who seem to be manufactured in Hollywood. It is a shame about her stage name - I mean Meryl Streep - sounds like a laundry woman or a ticket collector. Why couldn't she have picked an exotic stage name like Hermione Brague or Gabriella Pudding? Loved her in "The French Lieutenant's Woman" but the thing about Meryl Streep is that you can be almost 100% certain that whatever film she is in it will be eminently watchable. She's 64 now - almost as old as you!

Carol in Cairns said...

My favorite would be Danish ~ I have a farm in Africa. Her Australian ~ A dingo took my baby ~ was pretty atrocious. I watched her as Maggie Thatcher on the weekend and that was painful too. But no one could say she doesn't have a go at accents.

A Lady's Life said...

Oh I love it when she had a farm in Africa with Robert Redford. She is a wonderful actress.

rhymeswithplague said...

Sheffield, Cairns, and British Columbia all heard from and duly noted.

I love Ms. Streep's expressive face even more than her accents.

Elizabeth said...

My favourite actress and so versatile.French Lieutenants' Woman was my all-time favourite film. x

Hilltophomesteader said...

Not being a movie or TV watcher, I have heard of Meryl Streep, but have not seen her in action. I dutifully watched the clip - she is indeed very talented at what she does. Wonder if she forgets which voice is really hers?.......

rhymeswithplague said...

Elizabeth, I'm sure you know, then, that your all-time favourite film was based on the novel of the same name by John Fowles, whose earlier book, The Magus, was made into a perfectly dreadful film. One really doesn't know what one may get when one allows one's book to be made into a film, does one?

Hilltopetc., I would think the voice you use when you are not acting would be your real voice, but I could be wrong.

Elizabeth said...

I loved the book long before I loved the film - in fact, I think it was one of the first 'grown up' books that I ever read. I bought it from a second hand stall and it had a photograph of an Edwardian lady between the pages...I always wondered who she was.

Never read 'The Magus.'

I'm always wary of books being made into films and remember the boys were very upset when they saw 'Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang' on the television one holiday - as remote from the book as it's possible to get. x

rhymeswithplague said...

Elizabeth, one of the best book-to-film transitions in my opinion was To Kill A Mockingbird. One of the worst was The Magus.

The Magus was a rather strange book that was difficult to understand. The best thing about reading the book back in my relative youth was that I was introduced to T.S. Eliot's "Little Gidding: Four Quartets" by the following quote on the opening page:

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

Woody Allen famously said, "If I had to live my life again, I'd do everything the same, except that I wouldn't see The Magus."