06 7 / 2014
Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday by Jacques Tati is a perfect film by a master director. It’s the most wonderfully paced comedy, about a reticent man to whom life is a series of surprises.
Erroll Garner’s Concert by the Sea is a brilliant live recording of piano standards: you can hear the audience bristling with excitement in the background and the great man grunting over his keyboard as he plays.
Favourite TV programme
I was at home with a very small child at the time Kojak was on, and used to look forward to it for its comfort value. Telly Savalas, with his lollipop in his mouth and his hat pushed back on his head, was so good.
Best live event
Seeing Rostropovich conduct Shostakovich at the Barbican was one of the most thrilling moments of my life. The atmosphere was electric. At the end, Rostropovich turned round and kissed the score.
Rembrandt put paint on canvas so brilliantly, but he also took you to the very heart of the human condition. All these years later, looking at his self-portraits — that journey from youth to old age — is incredibly moving.
I’ve learnt an enormous amount about theatre from Harold Pinter. He is a great distiller of emotion, capable of capturing the essence of something profound in very few words.
Penelope Wilton is appearing in `The House of Bernarda Alba’ at the National Theatre, London SE1 (020 7452 3000), until June 18.
02 7 / 2014
"Well, nearly all; just Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton are missing."