Playing for Time: Vanessa Redgrave and the Labor of Performance


by Terri Ginsberg                                                                                                                                                                   September 17, 2013

Excerpt from review by Jeffrey Kauffman in

“While there are no on-disc supplements, this is the rare Olive release with a fairly hefty insert booklet which features a fascinating essay called “Playing For Time: Vanessa Redgrave and the Labor of Performance” by Terri Ginsberg, Ph.D. Ginsberg, the author of Holocaust Film, gets into the whole sordid history of Redgrave’s Oscar speech, her pro-Palestinian activism and the uproar her casting in this film caused, but she also devotes time to the film itself as well as to other performers like Jane Alexander. This is a compelling read and comes highly recommended. While I typically only score non-disc supplements if the disc also has supplements, in this case the excellence of the essay deserves an exception.”