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Saturday, July 05, 2003  
Fantastic depiction of Burton in The Spy Who Came In From The Cold at k-punk. 1. I agree. 2. Wish I'd been watching TV last night, but then again I was watching sunset outside the NFT and lamps slowly light the path, but anyway...it's funny how Burton is virtually forgotten now, I mean in comparison to Michael Caine for God's sake, his iconic status, so bright in the 60s, has dimmed virtually to nothing, even in Wales. Burton's disgust with the world around him, and with himself, that well of guilt behind his eyes, that venomous, self-destructive tongue, and the violated idealism, lost and twisted into vicious amorality - you can sense it in every line he spits, in whatever role, from Cleopatra through to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (this latter an absolute gem, by the way, and Tayler's best ever screen performance). Like Garbo there's something more than just acting going on - this is the drama of charisma, beauty, pain and loss. The grand tragedy of the movie screen, the Hollywood machine.

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