Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Sir Stanley's Syrups

'The Changeling' is a 1974 BBC adaptation of Thomas Middleton and William Rowley's Jacobean tragedy. Stanley Baker snags the plum role as the scarred servant De Flores, a man so much in love with his Mistress that he will kill for her.

Baker is very impressive, seething with repressed anger at his lowly station in life and the things it denies to him. He will eventually get all he desires, but it will mean his destruction. Sir Stan's hairpiece turns in a subtle, unobtrusive performance which supports its owner brilliantly without ever taking centre stage. If you could take your eyes off Baker, you can be sure they won't be wandering up to his toupee. A good, solid and suitably respectful syrup.

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