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If you are fan of the British actor Jeremy Brett (1933-1995), best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in Granada Television's adaptation of the stories, then we are very pleased to make your acquaintance.

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As our campaign to have Jeremy Brett awarded a posthumous BAFTA for his contribution to film & television is now drawing to a close, we wanted to inform you - if you haven't already seen it on Facebook - that we shall be closing our online petition(s) at the end of September.  After the last week of that month, noone else shall be able to sign it.

Following this, we shall proceed to put together all of our dossier, which will include our promotional videos of Mr Brett's career which are currently available on our YouTube channel (
http://www.youtube.com/jbbafta), as well as our letters of support and other various yet necessary documents.  We shall then submit it to BAFTA.

If you haven't already signed the petition, and you would like to, we invite you to proceed to the following link:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/jbbafta

Thank you! ;) 

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"The Merchant of Venice"

"I was Bassanio to his Shylock. Wonderful performance; thank God that’s on film."

(Jeremy Brett, in the "Desert Island Discs" radio interview, speaking about Laurence Olivier in "The Merchant of Venice")
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I would say Mr Brett was far too modest about his own performance...

I had first read the play (more than once) 13-15 years ago. It is the most controversial of Shakespeare's comedies, because of the subject it deals with...and because of historical events which took place since Shakespeare's time.

I'd never seen it performed until learning last year that there was a film of this play, with Laurence Olivier playing Shylock and Jeremy Brett playing Bassanio; that intrigued me and I watched the film last June. This past week, I re-read the play and watched the film again; I was even more impressed with the performance as I was now better able to pick up the nuances.

This was the first film I've seen with Jeremy Brett besides the Granada series and "My Fair Lady"--and I must say I could quite see what he meant when he said that he is at his best playing romantic heroes--the role suits him to perfection. I must say I didn't like Bassanio much when I first read the play--what kind of friend allows a friend to enter into such a dangerous agreement? His attempts to dissuade Antonio were rather half-hearted, I thought...But in the film, much to my surprise, I liked him--Mr Brett plays him as such an affectionate gentleman, that, despite Bassanio's faults, one cannot help liking him. The facial expressions and the gestures say more than words--him trying to hold back Gratiano during the courtroom scene...and here, for instance, from 06:09 to 06:29:
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youtu.be/wqspurdhEdA
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There is much more, of course, that could be said about the play itself, but as this is not a Shakespeare comm, I shall end here :)
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Disclaimer: clip is from "The Merchant of Venice", released on TV in 1973; no copyright infringement intended.

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"The incredible Hulk"

 

Jeremy Brett with Lori Andersson.  
A screencap from The Incredible Hulk ("Of Guilt, Models and Murder"), Universal TV / Columbia Boradcasting System (CBS), 1978. 

"My Fair Lady"

 

My Fair Lady, Warner Bros. Pictures, 1964
Screen-cap/publicity still. Original cap is in colour
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"Acting Hazard Not in Script"

from Sunday Independent, July 4, 1961
title: "Acting Hazard Not in Script"

 London (AP) Hamlet and Laertes were battling away at the Strand Theater Monday night when Hamlet's sword flashed through the air and landed in the lap of the girl sitting in the front row.

Hamlet and Laertes were frozen in midflight.

 The girl stood up and graciously handed Hamlet back his sword. The fight went on.
"The girl saved the situation and when we took a curtain call, I blew her a kiss," said Hamlet, actor Jeremy Brett

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I'm quite a new Jeremy Brett fan...

I'm quite new to LiveJournal and also quite new to Jeremy Brett's work.  My father is a fan of his Sherlock Holmes and I have gained a liking for it.  A few nights ago I had the opportunity to watch him in "On Approval" with Penelope Keith.  I loved his part and found him very sweet and funny.  I own a copy of "My Fair Lady" and I'm ashamed to say I have only just realised that Freddie was played by the same Jeremy Brett... It makes me feel rather thick in a way.

I have seen a few Jeremy Brett "communities" and have been "shall I join or shan't I join?", and there has always been something which deters me from it.  But something told me this one would be OK.  I'm not interested in talking about personal things, just about his work and his talent, and I hope to make some new friends in the process.

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A new promotional video for the "A Posthumous BAFTA for Jeremy Brett (BAFTA 4 JB) Campaign is now available on our YouTube channel.  The video is called THE ONLY UNOFFICIAL CONSULTING DETECTIVE and centers upon Jeremy Brett's most famous role of Sherlock Holmes.

The musical score was included in our video upon permission.  However, we have not the permission to share the music included outside of our own website and/or YouTube.  Therefore, embedding has been disabled - for the moment at least.  We apologise for this inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

The Only Unofficial Consulting Detective is available here: http;//www.youtube.com/jbbafta

Community re-opens!

After almost two weeks of temporary closure for "refurbishment", this Jeremy Brett Community is once again open.

You will notice that it has a new layout, and a new name.  All previous entries to the community are intact, and are available for you to read and comment on, should you so wish.

Entry into the Community remains open, and posting access is open to all members. 

We would like to state that this community was and remains a BAFTA 4 JB Community.

Thank you for your patience.

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I have heard that some people do not think this community has its place on LiveJournal.  Well, every community has a place, is all I can say.  If the Mod chooses to have rules which may seem strict to some people then surely that is the Mod's privelege.  In any case, it is not, as the Mod has already stated, an isolated case.  For what it is worth I have no problems wanting to be a member of this community and posting things here, so here goes:

I just wanted to say that for JB was one of the most charismatic and charming actors ever to have graced our screens.  He was handsome, talented, had tremendous presence and style, and a velvety voice.  His portrayal of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has certainly guaranteed his immortality.  And yet he did so much other work, in which he was just as and riveting.  Yet because of the immense scale and impact of the Sherlock Holmes series, a lot of people don't even think to ask themselves what other work the actor did, and I think that partly is the reason that he is so underrated.

I think though, had he lived for longer and had he not had such ill-health, he would have continued to grace our screens and appeared in many of the iconic films and series of the late 1990s and 2000s.  Had it been this way, people would no doubt have discovered his pre-SH work. 

Unfortunately though we must take it as it is.  He is one of my favourite actors and always will be. 

Thank you for this community I hope to meet some new friends here (I am new to LJ) and I hope to have a nice time here. :)

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Jeremy Brett reading Elizabethan poetry

Greetings, everyone! I thought I would share this recording with those who have not heard it before. This excerpt comes from a CD called "I Love, Alas" (Elizabethan Life in Music, Song, and Poetry/Elizabethan in Love) , which is out of print (although used copies still get sold on Amazon UK--I had bought my copy there). The poems (by Sir Philip Sidney and other Elizabethan poets) are read by Jeremy Brett and are accompanied by bass and lute music and the Purcell Consort of Voices choir. You can see a listing of the CD contents here: www.medieval.org/emfaq/cds/blt61699.htm

This excerpt from the CD was uploaded to YT by giuel95. Enjoy!
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