Benedict plays German physicist Werner Heisenberg, who was involved in the invention of the atomic bomb. In his ending monologue, he tells are heartbreaking wartime anekdote, and Benedict is electrifying in this.
Listen, it’s only three minutes, you won’t regret it…
This is so good it is eerie. Benedict is so good in expressing Heisenberg’s desperation, his conflicted feelings about his homeland at this moment in time, and of his apparent imminent death, that the scene comes vividly alive in front of my eyes. Benedict is also very good in pronouncing all the names of the German towns and areas, he is very believable as a German. And I for one, as a German, am completely flabberghasted, that there is a character in a [radio] play performed in an English-speaking country, where the WW2 German portrayed is not a one-dimensional ‘cartoon figure' / spitting image. Kudos to Benedict as well, to expose the many conflicted layers that make up a figure such as Heisenberg (and there must have been more like him). Ben shows us the humanity of Heisenberg and of the people facing the dire end of the war, asking themselves questions about their own guilt, about their own role in / contribution to this.
Re-blogging myself here, because a) I’ve just watched a series of tv documentaries about these end-of-war days, and b) I remembered thinking during the National Theatre : 50 Years Live On Stage broadcast, as good as Roger Allam during his monologue out of Copenhagen was, he didn’t move me the same way as Benedict Cumberbatch did during his monologue.
I have just listened to interviews of survivors of that time, all of them children and teen-agers during the end of World War 2, some of them survivors of the concentration camps, some of them child soldiers, some of them refugees, all of them desperate and disillusioned and derailed by that war and its end and by the ’ spoils of war ‘, and the daily fight for survival in the post-war chaos and hunger and cold.
And they sounded like Benedict did in the above audio piece. And sorry, but Roger Allam had nothing on Benedict !
So beautiful. I am tearing up something fierce. It’s more than what and how he says it, it’s the gasps, and the breathing. It’s perfection
Let’s give a little credit to Michael Frayn as well, shall we?
i hate the neologism “partner” for “person i’m dating”. i have no intention of being a cowboy and nobody will ever be a cowboy to me.
speak for yourself, slim. some of us cowpoke are lookin’ for the right partner to call our own… [twangs acoustic guitar softly as i stare towards the twinkling night sky] don’t see many of them stars where you’re from, eh, city boy? nah. didn’t think so.
My cousin asked why I wasn’t eating turkey and I said I’m just not a big fan of turkey and he asked “what’re you, gay?” and I was like “well yeah but I don’t think that’s why I don’t like turkey” and that’s how I came out to my cousin, happy thanksgiving
More good news: Sherlock will return for a fourth series. “As much as we can say the sun will come up tomorrow… we’re all keen to do it. But first things first. Let’s get series three out and hope that goes down well.”
“I remember last year, when Sherlock was nominated for loads of Emmys, and Ben [Cumberbatch] and I were nominated too. I texted him: ‘I believe these are what’s called the good times.’”
if you can explain to your children that an immortal man in a red suit who lives in the north pole travels around the entire world on one night every year on a sleigh carried by magical flying deer i think itll be easy enough to tell them two people are in love