The Civil War. (I fell totally in love with the charming Shelby Foote,
may he rest in peace.) Anyway, since I was in the historical mini-
series mode, I picked up HBO's John Adams, 2008, at the library,
which I happen to be enjoying even more the second time around.
The first scene in which David Morse appears, as George Washington,
I gasped, "Wow, what a difference a nose makes!" The Adams series
is excellently cast, by the way, with Paul Giamatti brilliantly (actually,
brilliantly is an understatement) portraying John Adams, in the first
50 years of the United States. If you've not seen this, add it to your
queue right now.
Morse's faux nose brought to mind some other intriguing film noses,
including Nicole Kidman's faux in her Oscar winning performance of
Virginia Woolf in The Hours, 2002. I just picked up a copy of
Michael Cunningham's book at the thrift store last Friday. I think
I'll read it in honor of Virginia Woolf's 128th birthday this week.
Another great faux nose performance is that of Anthony Quinn as
Auda Abu Tayi in David Lean's epic Lawrence of Arabia, 1962. This
particular nose seems right at home on Quinn's rugged face. I'm
surprised it stayed so well intact in all those blazing desert scenes.
Gérard Depardieu has a pretty good nose going on himself, so they
didn't have to add that much to make him into Cyrano de Bergerac,
1990. I have a huge crush on him, by the way. I adore him as the
bumbling Georges in Green Card, 1990 and as Rodin in Camille