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Misc talent September 8, 2000
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Dennis Potter
1935-1994

A writer, actor, producer, and director, Dennis Potter is probably best known for his television series, The Singing Detective, a noirish psychological study of a middle-aged mystery writer immobilized in a hospital ward. As in many of Potter's tales, the action moves back and forth between fiction and memory, jumping from a dizzily remembered past to a jarring present, filtered by pain, humor, and hallucination. In Pennies from Heaven, with Bob Hoskins, Potter uses '30s and '40s musical numbers to paint his characters' inner lives; in The Last Interview, he speaks sensitively and insightfully, morphine flask in hand, about his life, work, and his imminent death.


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