The Museum of Television & Radio plans to hold a series of screenings titled “Lawrence Olivier: Four Crowning Achievements” at the museum’s two outposts in New York and Los Angeles.
Beginning today and ending Nov. 29, the series features some of Olivier’s best television work and “affords a unique opportunity to see why he is considered one of the most acclaimed actors of his era,” a museum statement said.
In the latter part of his career, Olivier worked on TV productions with director George Cukor, writers Harold Pinter and John Mortimer, and actors Katharine Hepburn and Malcolm McDowell, among others. Olivier’s performances illustrate the ease with which he shifted from Shakespeare to modern drama to romantic comedy.
Co-hosted by Paramount’s “Entertainment Tonight,” the screenings will feature the Emmy-winning 1982 production of John Mortimer’s “A Voyage ‘Round My Father,” with Elizabeth Sellars and Alan Bates; the 1976 adaptation of Harold Pinter’s “The Collection,” with Bates, McDowell and Helen Mirren; “Love Among the Ruins” (1975), the only film in which Olivier performed with Katharine Hepburn, a project that won them Emmys; and “King Lear” (1983), with Diana Rigg and John Hurt, for which Olivier received his fifth Emmy at the age of 75.
For screening schedules, call (212) 621-6800 in New York or (310) 786-1025 in Los Angeles. The museum’s Web site can be accessed at http://www.mtr.org.