Dirty Pretty Things

Stephen Frears's ‘Dirty Pretty Things'

Movie stars tend to fall into two groups-chameleons, who assume a different persona with each new role, and constants, who play themselves, or some version of themselves, over and over. (Think Meryl Streep versus Katharine Hepburn, Dustin Hoffman versus Marlon Brando.) The same holds for directors. British director Stephen Frears is a chameleon whose films range widely not only in subject and setting, but in tone. From the cool cynicism...

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About the Author

Rand Richards Cooper, one of Commonweal's film critics, is the author of two works of fiction, The Last To Go and Big as Life.