Harold Pinter

Highest Rated: 100% The Go-Between (1970)
Birthday: Oct 10, 1930
Birthplace: Not Available
It is difficult to determine what was in the psychological makeup of Briton Harold Pinter that resulted in a playwriting style distinguished by tension-filled pregnant pauses. Possibly this minimal use of wordage stemmed from Pinter's own communication problems with his Portuguese-born Jewish father. In the 1950s, Pinter attended RADA and hoped to be an actor under the Anglo-Saxon professional name David Baron. Instead he turned to writing, penning his first play, The Room, for the Bristol University drama department. After a lukewarm response to his first professionally produced play, The Birthday Party (1958), Pinter rose to fame with the 1960 stage production The Caretaker. With 1963's The Servant, Pinter made his bow as a screenwriter, and also essayed his first film role (he has since acted in other films, such as 1985's Turtle Diary, but hasn't declared any intention of making this his life's work). While many of his films (The Caretaker, The Birthday Party, the Oscar-nominated Betrayal) are adapted from his own plays, just as many have been screen originals. Pinter's film scripts aren't quite as enigmatic or confusing as his plays, in fact many have been models of clarity and succinctness, notably his Oscar-nominated adaptation of John Fowles' complex The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981). For a man who wasn't overly fond of excess verbiage, Pinter had considerable success on BBC radio, but here again it's what is not said in Pinter's plays that's most important. In 1974, Harold Pinter ventured into film directing with Butley, an over-the-top comedy by Peter Gray that's as far removed from the usual Pinter style as a Marx Brothers film.

Highest Rated Movies



36% Sleuth Man on T.V. Screenwriter $0.3M 2007
No Score Yet Working With Pinter Actor 2007
No Score Yet Beckett on Film Actor 2001
77% The Tailor of Panama Uncle Benny $13.2M 2001
83% Wit Mr. Bearing 2001
77% Mansfield Park Sir Thomas Bertram 1999
No Score Yet Breaking The Code John Smith 1997
50% Comfort of Strangers Screenwriter 1997
33% The Trial Screenwriter 1993
31% The Handmaid's Tale Screenwriter 1990
No Score Yet Reunion Screenwriter 1989
90% Turtle Diary Man in Bookshop Screenwriter 1985
86% Betrayal Screenwriter 1983
75% The French Lieutenant's Woman Screenwriter 1981
44% The Last Tycoon Screenwriter 1976
No Score Yet Rogue Male Saul Abrahams 1976
No Score Yet Butley Screenwriter Director 1974
No Score Yet The Homecoming Screenwriter 1973
100% The Go-Between Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Steven Hench 1970
No Score Yet The Birthday Party Screenwriter 1968
82% Accident Mr. Bell Screenwriter $17.7K 1967
62% The Quiller Memorandum Screenwriter 1966
89% The Servant Screenwriter $37.2K 1964


No Score Yet Masterpiece
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