A look back at Albert Finney…and Tom Jones

Albert Finney is a magnificent actor. He inhabited the role of Tom Jones that launched his career, and has gone from strength to strength for 40 years. He hilariously dominates one of my favorite movies of all time — “Two for the Road” — direction by Stanley Donen, screenplay by Frederic Raphael. During the mid-1980’s we had the great good fortune of seeing him on the London stage in Ronald Harwood’s terrific “Another Time.” We bought standing room tickets and gladly stood at rapt attention for two hours.
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Today’s Boston Globe has a good retrospective on his career: “‘Big Fish’ star Albert Finney has long been a man of great character.” A look back at Finney’s career is also an opportune time to take a look back at the novel Tom Jones, without which…

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