In From The Cold? A Portrait Of Richard Burton

7.62 h 1 min198816+
Drunk, uncontrollable, infinitely generous, and larger than life - director Tony Palmer lays bare the life of legendary actor Richard Burton.
Tony Palmer
Richard Burton
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Craig HaynesReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent primary sources: Mr. Burton himself and
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numerous friends, colleagues and family members. This doc is quite weighty for the quality (length of primary interviews) and quantity of interviews, archival film and commentary. In addition, this is no sanitized version of a Hollywood legend. In fact, Lauren Bacall does not mince words in her negative opinion of what was a major scandal: The Taylor/ Burton affair. My goodness, even the U.S. Congress got involved! Moreover, the background on Mr. Burton's rise from poverty, broken family and limited opportunities at the time, make this human success quite extraordinary. Do not be deterred by the '88 production date.
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Sun DancerReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The mystery of greatness
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As a child, I remember seeing a beautiful man with a heavenly, powerful voice performing some soliloquy on of all programs, The Ed Sullivan Show. I had no idea what he was talking about, yet he made me cry. I loved that person and felt his blistering moment of acute awareness. I never forgot him. But performance is such a narrow slice of a person's life, and so this documentary that offers Richard Burton's audience a glimpse of his ravaged personhood is priceless to me. People capable us making us feel beyond our own limited experiences are angels. They inspire humility and gratitude. They make us better people. That power is the mystery of their greatness, mysterious even to them. And Richard Burton was--and is--truly one of the greatest.
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Rena SherwoodReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Stunning documentary of a stunning actor
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This 1988 documentary of Burton's career is much like Richard Burton's voice -- measured, focused and mesemerising. It is lovingly done but certainly not a haigiography (Burton's faults are mentioned) and even includes rather scathing comments from Lauren Bacall. The career of Burton (and some of his life) is illustrated not only in old interview clips with Burton but also with carefully selected scenes from his movies. The use of clips from "Equus" are particularly effective, although graphic. I only gave this four stars because I encounterred minor sound problems.
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HahnReviewed in the United States on May 19, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Melancholy and compelling
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Recently watched a trashy Liz Taylor docudrama, which is probably what landed this gem in my queue. Decided to give it a whirl, knowing little of Burton beyond his famous romance and Camelot. I found this to be a fascinating portrait, in a meandering style. The interspersed clips of Burton’s performances are riveting, but the personal portrayals are the real draw. The whole production is so very un-Hollywood. Left me with a whole new impression of the man. The incredible dichotomy of his childhood and eventual fame alone are fascinating. This one is worth your time.
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Long Time SeekerReviewed in the United States on March 4, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant actor
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Tragic life. Well worth the watch.
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Georgann EnglishReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
good presentation
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no comment
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forlauraReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
This is not a movie
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Very, very bad and poor image quality. Impossible to watch. I couldn't watch more than 3 minutes. I could put that money into a good movie.
S. loganReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Overall: Good but the editing : yikes!
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It was good, informative look at the life of Richard Burton. It also has terrible editing and misuses movie clips. The ending is an odd jarring and inappropriate use of equus clips .
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