What does an Oscar-winning actor do with time on his hands? Team up with cartoonist Dix to tell the story of a vengeful 17 th-century peasant
You may not think you know Dulle Griet but “youre supposed to” do- she’s the breastplated boor striding across a war-torn territory towards the mouth of hell in one of the most famous covers by the 16 th-century Flemish master Bruegel the Elder. Bertolt Brecht considered her as his own Mother Courage-” the Fury representing her feeble household goods with the sword. The world at the end of its tether .”
Jim Broadbent‘s edition of her is rather different.” She’s a plateau maiden whose tragedy is to look like me ,” tells the actor, whose self-respectful recent screen capacities, such as the curmudgeonly camera vendor in Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending or the grievous Gloucester in Richard Eyre’s King Lear, can lead one to ignore an important biographical item: he chipped his acting teeth in the 1980 s as one half of a grandiosely identified slapstick duo, the National Theatre of Brent, hamming it up as Marie Antoinette or the Virgin Mary in uproarious re-enactments of the Bible and the French revolution.
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