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Fawlty Towers. Image shows from L to R: Sybil Fawlty (Prunella Scales), Basil Fawlty (John Cleese), Polly (Connie Booth), Manuel (Andrew Sachs). Copyright: BBC.

Fawlty Towers

Comedy about a hotel and its owner, a man of infinite rudeness with a rabid dislike of almost all guests

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Charley

  • Tuesday 13th May 2008, 10:32pm
  • HERTS, England
  • 6,839 posts

Here is a secret. I once had a sexy dream about John Cleese. I had to have a shower after.

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Ian Wolf

  • Sunday 13th December 2009, 3:41pm
  • Stockton-on-Tees, England
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Some developments currently going on could result in Fawlty Towers becoming looking a little bit more dated.

Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the capital, is currently holding a referendum on independence from Spain.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8409767.stm

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luis kmentt

  • Sunday 13th December 2009, 4:40pm
  • Brazil
  • 39 posts

I lived in England in 1979 for six months but missed the series on TV. Went back to live in Lincolnshire area in 1991 and it was only then when I discovered FT. Bought just three episodes in a videotape and the Book. Read it so many times cause the script in itself is a masterpiece. As mentioned in another thread, I personally believe the Manuel part could have been better performed by more resorceful actor, even thou it did make people laugh cause it was the fool role, it was not at par with the cast.
luis

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Ben

  • Sunday 13th December 2009, 5:49pm
  • England
  • 18,438 posts

The scripts are a very funny read which shows how strong the writing was.

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Sunday 13th December 2009, 6:07pm [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
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And Sachs was perfect as Manuel. Maybe he's not the broadest of actors, but all the detail was perfect, the accent, the innocence, the feigned innocence, the Spanishisms, the little quirks that made him so likable to the audience and ofcourse his refusal to dislike the man who treated him so shabbily. Perfect.

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Ben

  • Sunday 13th December 2009, 6:10pm
  • England
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Quote: Alfred J Kipper @ December 13 2009, 1:07 PM GMT

And Sachs was perfect as Manuel. Maybe he's not the broadest of actors, but all the detail was perfect, the accent, the innocence, the feigned innocence, the Spanishisms, the little quirks that made him so likable to the audience and ofcourse his refusal to dislike the man who treated him so shabbily. Perfect.


I've never had a problem with his performance either.

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Badge

  • Sunday 13th December 2009, 6:54pm
  • London, England
  • 9,490 posts

His granddaughter, on the other hand...

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Sunday 13th December 2009, 7:00pm [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
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No, that was Russell Brand's performance she was disappointed with.

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luis kmentt

  • Sunday 13th December 2009, 7:23pm [Edited]
  • Brazil
  • 39 posts

I understand, no big deal. It's just a personal feeling. I am very critical of roles which are deliberately made to be foolish and make fun for that. It's an easy way of making laughs but a difficult way of making it with excellence.
I'm able to separate completely text from acting. Give the same actor an unfunny text and see the difference.

I appreciate David Schneider as the fool Bradley in "The Peter Principle", Mackenzie Crook in The Office, but dislike Sachs or Tim Robinson as Baldrick.
luis

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roscoff

  • Thursday 17th December 2009, 4:39pm
  • Llandenny Usk, Wales
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Quote: luis kmentt @ December 13 2009, 2:23 PM GMT

dislike Sachs or Tim Robinson as Baldrick.
luis


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T.W.

  • Thursday 17th December 2009, 5:25pm [Edited]
  • England
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Quote: luis kmentt @ December 13 2009, 2:23 PM GMT

I understand, no big deal. Its just a personal feeling. I am very critical of roles which are deliberately made to be foolish and make fun for that. Its an easy way of making laughs but a difficult way of making it with excellence.


I think you're forgetting that, in fact, all Spaniards are pretty much exactly like Manuel. (Most of them wear bow ties and hide rats from their employers, for example.) For me, it was the least heightened performance in the show.

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roscoff

  • Thursday 17th December 2009, 6:48pm
  • Llandenny Usk, Wales
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Quote: Tim Walker @ December 17 2009, 12:25 PM GMT

I think you're forgetting that, in fact, all Spaniards are pretty much exactly like Manuel. (Most of them wear bow ties and hide rats from their employers, for example.) For me, it was the least heightened performance in the show.


Disagree. I felt Sachs performance, particularly in the physical comedy was most excellent and whilst perhaps the accent wasn't pluperfect I thought everythimg else bang on. Plus he was a caricature. As for the bow tie, he was a waiter! He did not wear it on his days off :)

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luis kmentt

  • Thursday 17th December 2009, 9:37pm
  • Brazil
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Quote: roscoff @ December 17 2009, 1:48 PM GMT

Disagree. I felt Sachs performance, particularly in the physical comedy was most excellent and whilst perhaps the accent wasn't pluperfect I thought everythimg else bang on. Plus he was a caricature. As for the bow tie, he was a waiter! He did not wear it on his days off :)

*Realises how sad this post is and falls on sword* Wave


His in-and-out scenes from the dining room timing with Cleese were great, he is an excellent actor and did his role well. But in such a sitcom with a marvellous sarcastic text, he was the least funny of all because his part was to play a fool non-english speaking waiter loyal to his arrogant boss, ok.
I just think he could have been funnier with a different acting approach of "poor-fool" Manuel. Just my personal opinion. A funny laugh in the wrong moments, one-word comments in certain scenes, etc.

Manuel was a rich charachter that could have been more hilarious but the chance was lost. If you read just the Book its still the least funny of all, even the two old ladies or the Colonel were funnier.

luis

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Nogget

  • Thursday 17th December 2009, 10:24pm
  • England
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Perhaps it's unfair to criticise his performance now, 30+ years after the event, because times have changed. Back then, there really were a lot more Spanish waiters in England, and our attitude to stereotypes was very different. At the time, his performance was perfectly judged, in that context.