Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mr. Specific: Peter Lorre

The man is a genius.



















23 comments:

David A said...

Oh good god, post this video clip.

the danman can said...

This is awesome.
Seeing PL's expressions in individual frames like this, it's even more obvious how Ren was born.

Sex Mahoney said...

That's why Peter Lorre was always my favorite in those Warner Brother's celebrity cartoons.

Lorre is also used brilliantly in M. Both while hidden, for much of the film's first half, and then for it's grotesque simplicity in the second.

Maltese Falcon is always great.

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Isaak said...

What did you think of M? There is a great part where he makes cartoonish faces in the mirror.

Also, he was great in Casablanca.

jeffreyJack said...

Nice post John. Its interesting how some actors do great work but ultimately fade into obscurity, and others like Lorre, become iconic and live on forever on the strength of their personality, image and talent. He's etched in stone.

What a face. What a voice. He always seemed somewhat weary and laconic, til the moment he snapped and became instantly dangerous.

I can't think of any contemporary actor who fits that same bill. Can anyone else?

snotgum said...

Nice post!

Mykal said...

"you imbecile! You bloated idiot! You stupid fat-head!!!"

Michael Polvani said...

STILL the best blog on the Net!!!
Thanks John!

SparkyMK3 said...

Y'know, i honestly don't see the resemblence between the caricatures of Lorre and his real life self. His caricatures always look like something out of freak science lab.

Stephen said...

This scene, or even the whole movie, would illustrate another point you've made before: the difference between memorable voices and forgettable next-door neighbor voices. Bogart, Lorre, Greenstreet, Cook, and Astor are all like different instruments in a piece of music.

MrGoodson2 said...

Awesome meltdown scene. Cairo would happily beat Gutman to death right there if he could just stop being so shook up about how unfair life is.

Brunomac said...

Can we all agree that Steve Buscemi is the modern Peter Lorre? If they remake any film Lorre was in, Steve should get that role.

mike fontanelli said...

Notice how Greenstreet just steps back and gives Lorre the scene. A consummate, stage-trained actor himself, he doesn't do anything to "steal" from Lorre's performance in any way. He was probably directed by Huston to remain perfectly still - but even so, Greenstreet's generous instincts as an ensemble actor are apparent here. Just one of many reasons why he always worked beautifully with Lorre.

Doctor Jones said...

What an array of expressions.

kurtwil said...

Nice post of a unique actor.

So what contemporary actor, if any, offers an equivalent wealth of acting capabilities?

And what do folks here think of Andy Serkis, the actor behind Gollum ( P. Jackson's version, not R. Bakshi's version (though the latter was pretty expressive at times)?

HemlockMan said...

What a great segment of this blog. John K. is one of the best teacher's I've ever encountered. And even though I'm not a graphics artist, there's so much here that influences how I put my prose together.

Benjy Parnell-King said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeyVs6u_FG8&feature=related

Awesome! I can see where Ren came from

Mitch Leeuwe said...

Hee John, I was reading your latest posts and was reading you're article about inking. You said you can't ink without anti-alias in photoshop.

You actually can paint in ps without anti-alias. You should use the pencil tool and then you need to put the pressure on. See the pic link.

Hope it's any help!

http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/6708/antialias.jpg

Daniel Og said...

what amazes me the most is the contrast...

Hobo Divine said...

Those expressions are incredible but would of been lost if that big man wasn't so dead pan.

Thanks for posting!

Roben Rey Lagura said...

I can't think of any contemporary actor who fits that same bill. Can anyone else?

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MARK said...

'M' a film of great inspiration. Beautifully shot and a great example of shadows and lighting.