Foyle, the master of brevity, knows when he’s said enough to bring the guilty party to his knees.
And Michael Kitchen knows how to use his incomparable mouth shrug and eyes to maximum effect.Continue reading
Foyle is one of those exquisitely decent, deeply introverted, excruciatingly English chaps whom Michael Kitchen plays so well by playing down. He seems to materialise rather than arrive, like a little cloud in a trilby. Sometimes, in the throes of thought, he may wear a slightly squeezed look as if pressing an inch of inspiration from the end of the tube. It’s a lovely bit of minimalism.
Read the rest of Nancy Banks-Smith’s snappy review (including her opinion on how Foyle wears his trilby) in The Guardian.Continue reading
Goodbye, Mr. Foyle.
John Donne said, “No man is an island, entire of itself.” but, I’d argue, that Foyle comes as close to proving him wrong as any fictional character and MK played that perfectly.
This is inspired. Thank you for sharing, KT. In light of your comment, I particularly got a kick out of this New Yorker cartoon. →
Created and written almost entirely by bestselling novelist Anthony Horowitz, “Foyle’s War” is the Mona Lisa of television: small, quiet, utterly hypnotic and mysteriously perfect.
A small and often silent man, as kind as he is morally rigorous, Foyle stands guard over basic humanity as the whirlwind of war and modernity threatens to uproot the good with the bad. Year after year, he has been brought to vivid vibrant life by Kitchen, an actor of rare and controlled brilliance. Each season, he gave the performance of a hundred lifetimes while appearing to do little more than shrug off his coat, bite his lip and refuse endless offers of tea.
…the final episode of the series, “Elise,” is what the American-based Acorn TV, which has co-produced the series since its return, will submit in all the relevant television movie categories — some of which it better win, despite the low-key nature of its radiance and, perhaps more significant, the famous long-standing refusal of its leading man to do any publicity.
Neither should matter at all if the awards are truly about excellence.
Kivrin has written a lovely Foyle vignette that picks up after this final scene.Continue reading
Michael Kitchen is all sun-kissed gorgeousness and gentlemanly charm as Berkeley Cole in Out of Africa.Continue reading
Michael Kitchen makes even the most mundane dialogue interesting to watch.
A Times critic put it another way (Nov. 29, 2003):
“…Michael Kitchen — an actor capable of making even the most banal dialogue sound as if Chekhov had written it.”Continue reading
Beautiful Michael Kitchen/Richard Crane.
Thank you KF, you always make my day! Perhaps Reckless should have been titled Breathless? At least that’s how MK playing Richard Crane leaves me feeling. ;- )
Seems we do a good job of making each other’s day. Completely agree about that feeling of breathlessness MK brings on whenever he appears in Reckless. 🙂
Nope, I wouldn’t either, Richard.Continue reading
Another one of the gorgeous closeup shots of Michael Kitchen from A Lesson in Murder. ****Continue reading
Freud reminisces about happier times when von Fleischl generously picked up the tab and took him under his wing. Even a big, bushy beard can’t hide the adorableness of Michael Kitchen’s smile that’s replicated the following year in Out of Africa.Continue reading
Having an actor as gifted and exacting as Michael Kitchen interpret one’s work is undoubtedly a huge boon to writers, but it’s not without its challenges as Anthony Horowitz has described in interviews:
Michael is as responsible as I am for the character of Foyle. Michael Kitchen has always been one of our most revered actors here in Britain. He had never done a long-running television series until Foyle’s War. The only reason he took it on, I think, was because I was able to persuade him that it wouldn’t just be a case of him getting a thud of an envelope through a door every two weeks with a new script; he would be very much part of the creative process. That is what we have done for nearly ten years. It’s not always been easy. Michael is very demanding. One of the funny things about him is that he’s the only actor I know who demands fewer lines. He’ll look at a speech and say to me, “Actually I can do all of that — five lines — with one look.” And the annoying thing is, he’s always right; he can — which means I have to write more dialogue for the other actors to fill out the episode. – PBS Q&A for Series 7
Curiously, he had never taken the lead in a long series. In part, this may have been down to his reputation for being ‘difficult’. …Was he difficult? He was certainly demanding – utterly focused on the character with a rigid determination to ensure that the integrity and the quality of the drama would never be compromised. Sometimes, he would cut or rewrite a scene hours before it was due to be filmed, and I won’t pretend that this wasn’t frustrating. But for him the performance was everything, and the result is there on the screen. I have no doubt at all that a huge part of the success of the show was down to Michael. – Daily Mail (Jan. 5, 2008)
Couldn’t resist after reading Frank Bruni’s New York Times op-ed,
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Makes the Heart Grow Fonder:
…she dwells without evident compunction in a gaudier fairyland of grander fictions. There’s no panic. No squeak. Just that repulsed expression, as if a foul odor had wafted in and she knew – just knew – that the culprit was CNN. …Sure, every administration indulges in self-serving narratives and laughable spin. But this administration takes both to perverse summits, and Sanders is its mountaineer extraordinaire.
“Sarah Huckabee Sanders Offers to Lie for Free During Shutdown” – Satire from the Borowitz ReportContinue reading
On the 78th anniversary of Gone with the Wind…
(Location: St Mary’s Church, Braughing, Hertfordshire, UK)
I wonder if the green color was chosen as an intentional reference to Scarlett O’Hara.Continue reading
Dr. King was 26 when the Montgomery bus boycott began. He started small, rallying others who believed their efforts… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…—
Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 15, 2018
Foyle and Sam experience firsthand the danger posed by domestic government officials conducting shady deals with Russia.Continue reading
Like others before him who objected to Foyle’s necessary intrusion during an investigation, Bishop Wood might as well have saved his breath. Foyle shuts him down with a sharp rebuke and a hard stare.
If only members of the GOP who “have blocked, stonewalled, and rejected … basic requests to investigate, hold public hearings, and advance legislation” about Russian meddling could be made to see sense so easily.Continue reading
Seems lawyers have dubbed the first working Monday in January after the holidays “Divorce Day“. Sadly, like Richard and Anna, many couples reach a crisis point in their relationship around this time of the year.Continue reading
Michael Kitchen once rented a room in London from Carol Drinkwater, who played Helen Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small:
I wouldn’t have guessed that Michael Kitchen was such a lover of cats.Continue reading
With award season around the corner, I wonder if anyone’s campaigning for “the coveted Michael Kitchen Award for the Most Watchable Performance in a Second-Rate Drama” (an honor first handed out 8 years ago today by Times critic, David Chater).Continue reading
Looking back at 2017 in the rearview mirror and agreeing with Paul Krugman that although “Donald Trump has been every bit as horrible as one might have expected”, America Is Not Yet Lost. So… to better days — and more from Michael Kitchen — in the new year ahead despite the formidable odds.Continue reading
Color and mood befitting this Saturday spent in the warmth of SoCal.Continue reading
Townsend goes over the books upon starting his new job as land agent.
Rare to feel sorry for the tax collector, but like Captain Townsend, the I.R.S will soon face a monumental task in implementing and enforcing misguided policies stemming from the ruling party’s unbelievable greed and utter disregard for the welfare of the less fortunate.Continue reading
International Tea Day is observed annually on December 15. Tea is one of the most popular beverages around the worl… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…—
Ｈｉｓｔｏｒｙ (@HistoryTime_) December 15, 2017
As serendipitous as Foyle knocking over a bag of tea into a basin of water!
Clever use of tea to service the plot with the added bonus of Foyle shown in a moment of carelessness. Nothing careless, though, about Michael Kitchen’s smooth, articulate motions throughout this scene.Continue reading
Decency: 49.9% Evil: 48.4% Trump and GOP humiliation: 100%
It’s a sad state of affairs when fan fiction is created not around dramatic shots like this, but around projections for an egregious tax bill.Continue reading
During his appearance before the congressional committee yesterday, I’m sure Trump Jr. spoke as truthfully about his family’s dealings with Russia as Marion Greenwood did about her relationship with William Messinger.
If you're going to collude, hide your footprints a little better. Christopher Foyle would tell you that. twitter.com/glennthrush/st…—
Micheline Maynard (@MickiMaynard) March 22, 2017
‘Tis the season…
@vizcomic I fixed Michael Kitchens phone once, and while doing so his kids saw their Xmas presents in a cupboard I had to open.—
Mike Henstridge (@Mikebikeanddad) June 11, 2011