"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Birthday Today - Peter O'Toole

Peter O'Toole turns 79 today.   Is there a better or more irreplaceable film performance than O'Toole in his role as Lawrence of Arabia?   I doubt it.   Maybe Brando in On the Waterfront.   Maybe Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.   But I doubt there's been a better scene than this one:

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