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Monday, May 23, 2011

In Honor Of - Rebecca Hall

Starting this month, with the week or so left, I'm honoring a new face every month. With the use of IMDb's "Random Name", it'll be a new director/actor/actress/writer/whatever. It's a way to pay homage to some of the people who might not get enough credit, a way to build a bigger backlog of older reviews on this site, and to point the filmgoer's who follow this blog in the direction of movies they might not be familiar with otherwise. 

With this late entry, I'm lucky that Rebecca Hall doesn't have too big a filmography yet. Only about ten or so theatrical releases under her belt. 

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For those of you not familiar with this 29 year old Brit beauty, I might have to correct you. I'm sure you've seen her before. She's given luminous performances in Ben Affleck's The Town, in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona (for which she was Golden Globe nominated), and in Christopher Nolan's The Prestige. You might also recognize her voice in the '94 kids' series of The World of Peter Rabbit, where she voiced Lucie. Minor work, but part of my childhood nonetheless.

She's had a good shot at television, with some films released that I won't be reviewing this month - if you have a chance though, you should check out Wild Sargasso Sea and Joe's Palace. Excellent films. Wild Sargasso Sea acts as sort of a prequel to Jane Eyre, and Joe's Palace is a tightly made relationship drama. 

Her father, Peter Hall, is the founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which has birthed the careers of several key filmmakers. Kenneth Branagh, Brian Blessed, Derek Jacobi... Even actors like Kevin Kline, Al Pacino, and Julie Christie have lent a hand or two to the company. He probably sparked her interest in Shakespeare, as she's appeared in As You Like It, and in a National Theater production of Twelfth Night, directed by her father. 

I'll be going through her theatrically released films, and reviewing each one, starting with Starter for 10.