Director: Peter Yates

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Film:Breaking Away

Breaking Away

Peter Yates

Peter Yates’s flag-waving film stands with To Kill a Mockingbird and American Graffiti as one of the best films about small-town Americana. Steve Tesich won an Oscar for his semi-biographical screenplay about four 19-year-olds who don’t know what to do after high school. Dave Stohler (Dennis Christopher) and his three friends—ex-football star Mike (Dennis Quaid), wily comedian Cyril (Daniel Stern), and tough kid Moocher (Jackie Earle Haley)—are doomed to live in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana, where the local kids (nicknamed “Cutters”—a…

Film:The Dresser

The Dresser

Peter Yates

It’s life in the Theater with a capital T in this film adaptation of the London and Broadway hit by Ronald Harwood. Though we see other people, the film is really a duet between Sir (Albert Finney), an aging actor-manager who runs his own theater company, and Norman (Tom Courtenay), his dresser, who gets him into costume and, ultimately, into shape to go onstage each night. Sir is on his last legs; Norman is alternately his cheerleader, his parent, and his whipping boy—whatever it takes to get Sir up to performance level each night. Finney perfectly…

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