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January 14th, 2016


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06:57 pm - Alan Rickman, Post #5
This week, this week.

I was so saddened when David Bowie died. His music had been important to me, although mostly through singles rather than albums. I remember hearing those mid70s songs like "Golden Years," a brilliant shock to the system in a small town in West Texas. I remember the vividness of his early-MTV-era music, even though he didn't care for it afterward. ("I know when to go out, and when to stay in. Get things done." That opening to "Modern Love" makes me so happy, even now.) I loved "I'm Afraid of Americans," and "Thursday's Child," and "The Stars are out tonight." And I loved the style of him as he aged, and he and Iman have been icons of cool for twenty years for me. He is a loss.

But goddamn, Alan Rickman. I am heartbroken.

I valued so much about him and his work. (The Emma Thompson tribute in the Radio Times is characteristically eloquent on why he was amazing; so are so many of his colleagues' words; so is this remembrance by Guardian editor Katharine Viner, with whom he worked on the verbatim-theatre piece My Name is Rachel Corrie.) I loved his British villains like Hans Gruber, but it was Truly, Madly, Deeply that caught me forever.

That Anthony Minghella film, in which the great Juliet Stevenson's character is mourning her dead lover Jamie (Rickman) who then comes back "to remind her how irritating he could be" (Rickman's words; imagine the cadence of his voice there) but also to help her move on without him. I was so devoted to that film that the man I was dating at the time went to see it by himself one afternoon -- where I happened to be seeing it again too. I caught him bathing his eyes at the water fountain afterward, as shattered as I was. Later he told me, "No one can live up to that. No one."

I think we all knew that he was special. I cherish my photograph of him in the 1980s as the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, his breakout role, which I bought in Stratford-upon-Avon many years later: the show I perhaps most wish I'd seen. I kick myself for not seeing his Elyot in Private Lives (I should have overcome my dislike of Lindsey Duncan, damnit). And I think of my late mother, who watched Sense and Sensibility over and over during her chemo days, and who loved Rickman's Colonel Brandon best.

So let's play him out with the video to Texas' "In Demand". Drive on, good sir. We will remember you. Thanks for making my life better.

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From:gwynnega
Date:January 15th, 2016 12:13 am (UTC)
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::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2016 10:34 pm (UTC)
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[hugs] Have a great Friday, Gwynne.
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From:janus_74
Date:January 15th, 2016 12:29 am (UTC)
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I was saddened to see this news this morning :(
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2016 10:35 pm (UTC)
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It still hurts me today. :(

Have a good weekend regardless, T.
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From:wildrider
Date:January 15th, 2016 03:07 am (UTC)
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I adored him in those little films, like "Truly, Madly, Deeply," and "Blow Dry," and even his delightful humor in "Galaxy Quest" (and oh, how I loved "Dogma"!)... I saw a list of "his best-loved roles" and realized I've seen them all. I agree, it would have been amazing to see him play Valmont.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2016 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I really loved the character-rich parts in smaller films. [nods] But he was great in the big iconic villain and antihero roles, too.

[hugs]
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From:stateless82
Date:January 15th, 2016 03:16 am (UTC)
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I remember many, many years ago, making Eddie drive me to every video rental place we could think of, trying to find a copy of 'Truly, Madly, Deeply'. I don't remember how I'd heard of it, but I wanted to see it so badly. I just love it.

So many hugs.

Edited at 2016-01-15 03:19 am (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2016 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Hugs hugs hugs. I've loved Truly, Madly, Deeply, but I don't think I can watch it again for a while. (And I do not understand why it's no longer available on DVD or streaming!)

More hugs.
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From:mamculuna
Date:January 15th, 2016 03:31 am (UTC)
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I missed Truly, Madly, Deeply when it was first out, and now it can't be found--I'm hoping someday it will be released again.

I loved Rickman first in Michael Collins, and of course Sense and Sensibility. What a loss he is--I thought he would be one of those still great in old age actors, as he surely would have been.

I'm not sure I want to look at the news tomorrow.
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From:anne_d
Date:January 15th, 2016 04:09 am (UTC)
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It's a sad day. [hugs]
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2016 10:38 pm (UTC)
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[hugs hugs] Happier days, A.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2016 10:37 pm (UTC)
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It's so strange to me that Truly, Madly, Deeply has sort of disappeared -- but you can watch bits of it on Youtube.

Hugs and a happier weekend to you.
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From:kathyh
Date:January 15th, 2016 11:50 am (UTC)
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the show I perhaps most wish I'd seen

Me too! A friend of mine saw it and told me how wonderful it was, but we never managed to go. Sigh...

They played a great chunk of Truly, Madly, Deeply on the BBC News last night and it was very hard not to burst into tears.

Many hugs.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2016 10:39 pm (UTC)
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The cast for the original production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses was just unbelievable, in a glory year for the RSC -- Rickman, Lindsey Duncan, Juliet Stevenson, Fiona Shaw....

I've watched two clips from T, M, D in the past two days, and I was awash in tears both times.

Hugs hugs.
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From:freixenet
Date:January 15th, 2016 12:25 pm (UTC)
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A gorgeous post, L. Thank you for sharing this.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2016 10:40 pm (UTC)
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[hugs hugs] Hoping for joy for us all this weekend!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:January 15th, 2016 04:03 pm (UTC)
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I knew I could count on you for this.

Hugs.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2016 10:41 pm (UTC)
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Hugs hugs, and joy and light this weekend, ALH.
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From:paratti
Date:January 15th, 2016 05:37 pm (UTC)
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(((Hugs)))
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2016 10:40 pm (UTC)
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I know this hits too close to home for you. [hugs hugs]
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From:paratti
Date:January 15th, 2016 10:43 pm (UTC)
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It's surreal seeing someone you know in the photos of him,
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From:roguedemon
Date:January 15th, 2016 08:36 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for these lovely words, and for the video, which I actually hadn't seen before. (((Hugs)))
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2016 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Hugs hugs and hugs, Nell.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 23rd, 2016 11:05 pm (UTC)
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[hugs hugs hugs] Happy weekend, L.

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