RIP Albert Finney

Stand by...another Major Moz influence bites the dust.

Link posted by Uncleskinny:

Albert Finney: British actor dies aged 82 - BBC News
Oscar-nominated British actor Albert Finney has died aged 82 after a short illness.


He was a five-time Oscar nominee who began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company before making his mark in film.

His big film break came as "angry young man" Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

He went on to star in Tom Jones, as Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express, Erin Brockovich and Skyfall.

A statement from a family spokesman said: "Albert Finney, aged 82, passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.

"The family request privacy at this sad time."

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Very sad news today about Albert Finney. As a teenager - a teenage Moz fan trying to absorb absolutely EVERYTHING the man ever cited as an influence - Saturday Night and Sunday Morning became staple viewing alongside the likes of other 'kitchen sink' dramas like Poor Cow, a Taste of Honey, the L Shaped Room. But Finney's portrayal of Notts working class anti-hero Arthur Seaton was always my favourite of the bunch, and has become one of those movies I continue to go back to time and time again.

The movie taught be a couple of important points relevant to its context, and in finding my own context in life: to respect and be proud of my working class heritage, and that that the whole scene was as punk as as f***. The 'angry young man' at the heart of such cinematic endeavours spoke to something deep within me, and said more about me than punk, goth, or any counter culture that I could get my mitts on and try to take as mine, only mine.

Prior to my exposure to that movie I always eschewed anything prior to the era in which I was placed as being fusty, boring and irrelevant. Finney's portrayal of Seaton, the character's nihilism, the almost-existential nature of the situations he somehow found himself in... they could have been a product of any age, any generation. Tough as nails and so very acutely aware of the futility of life - even where other British movies portrayed a marketable-abroad stiff upper lip attitude that wasn't really what it was all about. Seaton was a British James Dean, with a million times more cool and rebellious.

It was Saturday Night and Sunday Morning along with Salinger's Catcher in the Rye that grabbed me by the lapels, shook me and told me a little about what life can sometimes really be like.
beautiful post
Very sad. A true Salford lad and an absolute acting legend. He directed Charlie Bubbles as well, of course.
Charlie bubbles was another Sheelagh Delaney script and was Liza minnellis first film.
He did two Irish films in the nineties, The Playboys and The Run of the Country, in both he was a guard with a passable Irish accent.
He may have been in some dubious roles over the years but he was always watchable
. He certainly was no sellout as true to his working class roots and to his eternal credit he turned down a knighthood. I remember him saying in an interview that being called sir was feeding into snobbery and he would rather be called mister.
Albert Finney - Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.
The sheer horror of dying and people going on about your effort in a poxy Bond movie. I mean who in the hell takes a Bond movie seriously at all?
Sometimes them Bond fans come across as more nerdy than the Star Wars fans.
Talking about Bond in this context is like taking a Nobel prize winner in literature and instead of talking about the books that laid the foundation for getting the prize talking about something the person did in younger years to make a buck to survive at all.
Every actor wants a big house and glory so they will sell out and act in things they hate and I am sure he hated acting in something as awful as Bond which is a boring imperialistic daydream with no links to reality whatsoever.
Please don't continue talking about Bond when talking about Finney. You brits cannot make movies so stick to your poxy day time soaps like Emmerdale and Eastenders. British film died the day he evacuated to USA cause of money.
Was he a sellout?
Hmm, whoever you are sir/madam, I believe you to be a bit of a c***
I've never denied to be one and in fact that means I speak the truth.

Sorry about the crap english but I was posting in three threads at the same time. If I chew bubble gum I won't be able to walk.
We had to read the works of Alan Sillitoe at school when I was a bit too young to appreciate the message of Saturday Night, Sunday Morning. Anything to do with school immediately quashed my interest. But when I saw the film with the masterly performance by Albert Finney, it all came to life for me and I was so proud that it was set in Notts. I reread the book and found the film had unlocked the poetry in the writing for me.

RIP Albert.
Riff raff like me? oh dear you really are sad person.

Eddie Riff (Raff)

That's better!

See, a little banter makes it better and we're having a laugh instead of a fight. Riffraff was part of my old contact email addy that every hooligan of importance had back in the 90's.

That's better!

See, a little banter makes it better and we're having a laugh instead of a fight. Riffraff was part of my old contact email addy that every hooligan of importance had back in the 90's.


Sweet and tender ones no doubt?

Eddie Raff (Riff)

Erin Brockovich was a great movie but I never noticed Finney in it and was surprised to read he was part of the cast. But I do know he made Julia Roberts follow Man United which is why she's been stalking the United players in LA for two summers now and even flying over to see them play cause she pretends that her kids are fans.

Yeah right!

I bet she plans on hiring Juan Mata as her new piccolo and if that doesn't work out she can always use him as a dog with those short legs.

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