Cinema: Swann's Way

MY FAVORITE YEAR Directed by Richard Benjamin Screenplay by Norman Steinberg and Dennis Palumbo

He is not exactly a noble ruin. An affable ruin? A self-amused ruin? A cuddly ruin? Somehow, Peter O'Toole seems to require a modifier all his own, because in recent years he has turned into an utterly unique comic actor, a man who seems to have dedicated himself to the cause of giving decadence a good name.

Spindly, pallid, shrewd, vulnerable and yet rather grand, he appears at his sweetly domineering best in My Favorite Year (1954, by the way). The role is that of an Errol Flynn-like movie...

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