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John Osborne

Great Britons

In 1956, the movies released “Rebel Without a Cause.” That same year, the theater responded with Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger,” a play that ushered in the new era of the angry young man in British theater. The immediate, and unfortunate, victims of this new naturalism were the hand-on-the-mantle works of Noel Coward and Somerset Maugham. The cinema copied Osborne with a string of British kitchen-sink dramas. Osborne’s talent, however, went in a more stylized direction with “The Entertainer,” “Luther” and “Inadmissible Evidence.” He died in 1994.

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