Friday, 24 June 2011

Peter Falk dies

Sad news about the great American actor Peter Falk, who has died today. Although best known for his role as the TV detective Columbo – a figure, apparently, based on the persistent inquisitor who finally brings down Raskalnikov in Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment – his most important work was done with Greek-American film-maker John Cassavetes. Falk was an integral part of the Cassavetes ensemble and appeared in his films Husbands, A Woman Under the Influence and Opening Night. Falk also starred with Cassavetes in Elaine May’s Cassavetes’ like crime film, Mikey & Nicky. Above is a clip from that film, and below is a clip from A Woman Under the Influence. And don’t forget the clip I posted here of Falk in Jean Genet’s The Balcony.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is an irony that he died the same way he was portrayed in his Colombus film; in a state of permanent mental wondering and ever lasting temporariness. He died of alzheimers, not surprising after the mental acrobatics he subjected his overworked brain in a welter of mazes solving murder cases , in the process he ended up losing his mind.