Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Genevieve Bujold -- she was an intense actress without pretense

The good critics also would find it difficult not to take note of her. She acted with some of the good directors like Michael Cacoyannis in "Trajan Women"in 1971! And she acted in Hollywood thriller films like "Coma"directed by Micheal Crichton and her co-star was Michael Douglas in 1978! And she gave life to the character of Anne Boleyn in the Pinewood production "Anne of the Thousand Days" in 1969, a grand spectacle based on Henry VIII, the Tudor king who took England away from the Roman Catholic Church and established the Church of England and made himself the spiritual and temporal ruler. Bujold stood up to Burton's theatrics with admirable flair. The monologue she delivers before she is taken way by the hangmen, where she declares that how her daughter Elizabeth would rule England. They were indeed prophetic words. Bujold's performance was overwhelming as she looks up at the hooded hangman and says that her neck is thin. And earlier on she bargains with the domineering Henry that her child has to be king and she would not go to bed with the king until he gets his divorce from Katharine of Aragon (played by Irene Papas), and the pushy Henry had to let have her way. But when she delivers a boy who dies at birth after giving birth to a girl, the future Elizabeth, the priest says, "She has miscarried her saviour." Bujold's performance was what one would call a tour de force. Her performance as Cassandra in Greek director's Cacoyannis'"Trajan Women"was a difficult act because she had to contend with powerful actresses like Katherine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Irene Papas. But Bujold puts up a brave performance in the melodramatic ancient Athenian tragedy. "Coma" was a spine-chilling thriller which would put off the connoisseurs of cinema of high seriousness. But she brings a certain passion to the role of the doctor who dares to enter the dark medical underworld where organs are removed and traded.

 Bujold of French Canadian origin seems to combine the continental sophistication and sensuality with the sense of drama of the English language in the classical sense of the term. It was difficult not to like her acting and look up to her fiery beauty.

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