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#1 Helene

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 08:52 AM

Peter Falk just died. Richard Corliss wrote in "Time Magazine":

A modern folk (or Falk) poet of exasperation, he used a repertoire of eloquent gestures to portrait the weight of the human condition; the slow descending of his shoulders had the grace of Pavlova's dying fall in Swan Lake.


Rest in peace, Mr. Falk.

#2 leonid17

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 10:06 AM

Peter Falk just died. Richard Corliss wrote in "Time Magazine":


A modern folk (or Falk) poet of exasperation, he used a repertoire of eloquent gestures to portrait the weight of the human condition; the slow descending of his shoulders had the grace of Pavlova's dying fall in Swan Lake.


Rest in peace, Mr. Falk.


I was saddened to hear this news. Your pen portrait has perfectly captured his very personal and inimitable style which gained him wide affection in the Uk as Columbo.

I admired him in a number of films and up until recently the Columbo series was still being repeated here.

BBC Obituary http://www.bbc.co.uk...t-arts-13458172

#3 dirac

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 03:57 PM

Gena Rowlands got the notices but Falk was superb in “A Woman Under the Influence.” He was also screamingly funny in “The In-Laws.” Wonderful actor.

The original run of Columbo is a great, great series and the show holds up very well although it began to run out of steam in its last seasons, as often happens. It was always fun seeing Falk go up against the Powerful Rich Ruthless Guy, often Robert Culp or Jack Cassidy, as Columbo’s stumbles and fumbles elicited the Culp snarl or the Cassidy sneer. Little did they know!

I never could figure out why the ubiquitous raincoat in a series set in L.A. and one wonders why the aforementioned PRRGs, presumably pretty tough customers, invariably melt down like the Wicked Witch of the West in the finale as Columbo brandishes some skimpy piece of evidence that’ll never hold up in court. Still, a classic show. I hope Columbo’s Peugeot is in a museum somewhere. Or at least the raincoat.

#4 bart

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 05:44 PM

On yesterday's Fresh Air (National Public Radio), Terry Gross replayed a 1996 interview with Falk. It's excellent. He discusses the Columbo character, to whom he himself seems to have had many similarities.

http://www.npr.org/2...alk-tvs-columbo

This page has a Link that will connect you audio of the 20 minute interview.


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