Karel Reisz

Angry young director.

The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) -- Harold Pinter adapted the metafictional John Fowles novel by making the movie a meta-movie, but not in an annoying way. Both stories told, the Victorian and the modern, are interesting and nicely overlapped. Everything works straight and as a subtle joke. B

Act Without Words - 1 (2000) -- One of the better short films in the "Beckett on Film" series, this one allows for the slapsticky, cartoony Beckett humor that didn't come out in a lot of those shorts.  The sets and props are dangled in ways that make you laugh, even though the play is more of a tragedy than a comedy. B

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