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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Tuesday, February Z, 1971

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Tuesday, February 2, 1971

!rian Bedford: Actors are

By LAURIE HARRIS
n actor always seems remov-
from the viewer. He is set up
a mammoth screen as a sym-
of man or he is under bright
its on a stage behind a mask
make-up and a plethora of
tume. Brian Bedford. present-
the lead in the Phoenix Pro-
tion's School for Wives, is one
h actor. He has been seen on
adway in leads in The Misan-
ape, Private Lives or The
ack and has been featured in
eral movies.
Vhen I went to speak to him
e last week, I wasn't sure he
s human. I wasn't sure any
or I had ever seen really ex-
d behind the false vision of
atre. But there he was, six
t of English warmth and hu-

director. The director takes
pieces and scenes, cuts and
screens them until his desired
effect is the end result. On stage,
the feelings aroused are totally
in the hands of the actors as they
respond directly to the audi-
ence and are responsible for what
that audience sees.
And though movies may take
you to various parts of the world
filming on location, Bedford
finds them often demoralizing. In
Restoration Comedy roles he has
Prix, for instance, he worked
only about four months. The other
time was spent adjusting cam-
eras, retakes and waiting around
until the director gets to your
next scene. In the theatre Bed-
ford is constantly present during
the preliminaries to an opening.
He often suggests directing,
lighting and costuming, "pushing
my nose into it when it's not re-
quired." In the last few years he
has worked with director Stephen
Porter, costumer Nancy Potts
and designer Jomes Tilton (all of
whom have worked on School for
Wives). The four of them, Bed-
ford says, work well together and
"are not too conscious of the
barriers to their actual area of
distribution, each imposing a
little in the other's field."
But acting isn't Bedford's whole

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iuman
life. He likes to retire to his
country home in upper New York
State, a house built by the Dutch
in 1720. It was the inspiration of
this home that first interested
him in the early American Primi-
tive artists and furniture. His art
collection has expanded to in-
clude such contemporary artists
as Milton Avery and Franz Kline
and he is a devotee of Sir Ken-
neth Clark, the English Art his-
torian. His four acres have a
small vegetable garden and an
orchard and a "tractor which I
love to fool around on." The
country environment is vastly
different than his childhood in
Yorkshire-a town of "woolen
mills and dark, grubby buildings"
and it also allows him to func-
tion in New York.
Bedford finds the city both "a
great place to return to and a
See BEDFORD, Page 8
Does her anger at a
domineering husband
justify a wife's taking
a lover? %

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THE DEPARTMENT OF SPEECH
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Compared to the flamboyant
he eight-month filming of Grand
een noted for around Ann Arbor
e was dressed quietly in a blue
ery straight suit, a sort of furry
lack coat pulled up onto his
houlders and he sunk back deep-
y into its pile. A heavily knit
carf wrapped itself around his
hroat and creeped up into his
ace. But two very bright eyes
onstantly shining, and always
boughful smiled hello at me. He
vas real!
He told me he first played
[amlet when he was only twenty
ne and still lived in England
3e played' the role again tW(c

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summers ago in Stratford, Con- and profe&
necticut. The fourteen year inter- type of au
play has allowed him to "de- ing and ap
velop feeling and understanding" of drama
for the role. Younger actors, often in N
Bedford feels, haven't always de- plays just
s veloped the technique of com- tending th
munication but with experience, It is for
an actor acquires better voice ence that
control and most importantly the tend to p
courage to act which arrives con- himself a
currently with security on the modern pl
o stage. It isn't t3
To act well, Bedford enjoys himself a
being in a small theatre "be- but that1
cause nothing is so awful as contempor
having to belt it out". Lydia for shock
Mendelssohn allows the develop- an audien
ment of a delicate, light and an artistic
conversational tone. The actor Work in
becomes intimate with the audi- different3
ence, something which is not than that
often allowed in larger theatres. of a cam
But Bedford likes opening a trovert" b
show in Ann Arbor, for more than an actort
just the theatre. He finds very action on
few distractions in this city cony- formed in
pared with the constant bother of too drama
New York. "When you're open- lous, say
ing a play," Bedford says, "you tone down
must work about fourteen hours extreme f
a day-starting with learning But a m
your lines in the morning, re- of the a
hearsing through the afternoon
and presenting the play in the
evening. You have no time for
the domestic." Bedford also likes
the intellectual atmosphere in
an Ann Arbor audience created
by the combination of students
owl Is I F

ssors. He believes this
dience has a real feel-
ppreciation for the type
being produced. Very
ew York people attend
for the purpose of at-
em.
this New York audi-
Bedford doesn't in-
pander. He can't see
cting in any of the
ays that require nudity.
that he can't picture
cting in the alltogether,
he believes nudity in
rary works is created
value and attracting
ce. It is not applied on
c level.
the movies requires a
kind of concentration
of the stage. "In front
era you must be an in-
but the theatre requires
to be flamboyant. And
the stage, when trans-
nto a movie, becomes
atic and almost ridicu-
s Bedford, you must
the physical action and
acial expression.
novie also requires less
ctor and more of the

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