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His best role: Jim Broadbent, “Topsy-turvy”

Jim Broadbent in 'Topsy-Turvy'

Initially new Mike Leigh’s “Another year” starring Jim Broadbent as half of a couple largo-casado loving an actor role comfortably inhabits, having played a few variations on it (including the ‘Life Is Sweet for Leigh’). It’s no coup in director or actor. Leigh, who has been entertaining us with their seriocomic sectors of British life since 1988 ‘High Hopes’ doesn’t disappoint with his latest film, and Broadbent brings authentic charm and warmth to her character.

Is the third film with Broadbent, whose diverse curriculum has spanned comedies of high and low, romcoms, musicals, serious drama and Harry Potter; Leigh and whose transparent, subtle actions make you totally credible in each role.

Broadbent began working in film in the 1970s, after appearing on stage and on television. Had minor roles in several films before co-starring in “Life Is Sweet’ (1990), playing a Cook brilliant working-class with big dreams. Broadbent immensely kind performance led to roles in major movies, profile ‘ Enchanted of including Mike Newell ‘in April,’ ‘The Crying Game of Neil Jordan’ and “Bullets over Broadway of Woody Allen.” Perfectly played nightclub owner/error pathetic comedian Mr Boo in ‘Little Voice’ (starring Jane Horrocks, Life Is Sweet daughter).

In 2000, Broadbent co-starred Leigh s droll, enormously entertaining ‘Topsy-turvy’ as W.S. Gilbert to Alan Corduner Arthur Sullivan. The hilarious and touching film represents complicated relationship the famous musical Duo and its Victorian operetta ‘The Mikado’, in the middle of the colourful world of musical theatre creation.

'topsy-turvy' posterIt was a game of Leigh, whose previous films were populated mainly by contemporary worker class Londoners. ‘Topsy-turvy’, with its beautifully ornate dialogue, showed that you could handle very well a different era and a half. Also showed a talent for musical sequences as much of the film is brilliant staging of ‘The Mikado’, interpreted by a splendid cast of actors, including Timothy Spall and Shirley Henderson to scenes.

As often grim librettist, absurdities – but ingenious – Gilbert, Broadbent is wonderful, voiced deep resonant to do full justice to the dialogue of Leigh (Corduner is equally impressive as his polar opposite, the artistic extravagant, Sullivan). The story takes place just as the duo previously (‘The Pirates of Penzance,’ ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’) successfully receive warm response to his latest work, ‘Princess Ida’ (a reviewer refers to Gilbert as “King of topsy-turvy-turvydom” due to their stratagems of supernatural plot).

Perfectly happy continue with its patented formula, Gilbert doesn’t understand frustrations Sullivan or his desire to compose more serious music. Discuss their differences with politesse maximum, but come to an impasse regarding future collaborations.

Another Gilbert primary relationship is with his wife infinitely patient (the excellent Lesley Manville, also in ‘Another year’), which suggests a visit to a new Japanese exhibition. Here it is exposed to the exotic culture would spawn ‘The Mikado,’ possibly G & S greater operetta. (In a stupid scene with a newly acquired, supplanting the Japanese players is only seen sword.) (Slowly her face lights with inspiration.)

‘The Mikado’ test scenes are particularly fun: objects of an actor priggish (Kevin McKidd) as soon as his costume, however truly Japanese. “You have my sympathy,” sings Gilbert, but unfortunately their distraction as actor obliges that sometimes withstand most ignominious indignities. In another, Gilbert brings three women at trial in an attempt to influence his leading ladies. Her finicky tenacity matches the sarcastic apart from choreographer D’Auban, played with hilarious snideness by Andy Serkis.


Broadbent infuses the Gilbert congestion, vertical with humanity. At a time given, his wife vents gently frustration with his (apparently) asexual relationship. She suggests a plot for his next show, clearly based on his own life unintentionally childless. His face heavy logs sadness and perhaps even shame, but he not – or not – stop that.

The actor would go to appear in the ‘Journal of Bridget Jones,’ ‘ Moulin Rouge!’ and ‘Iris’ (game husband John Bayley to Dame Judi Dench Iris Murdoch), for which he won a supporting actor Oscar best. It was a tremendous performance, as his interpretation of the controversial social cross-Lord Longford was in 2006 film ‘Longford’, but ‘Topsy-turvy’ was really a role definition from the race.

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