Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Stanley Baker - One for the Ladies

It was Stanley Baker's particuliar brand of masculinity that so appealed to film directors Joseph Losey and Cy Enfield. Adept at conveying working-class swagger and insecurity; he embodied both barely contained violence and vulnerability. He was the perfect antidote to all those urbane, stiff upper-lipped leading men of '50s British cinema. In fact his acting style had more in common with contemporary American tough guys like Robert Mitchum and Lee Marvin. Anyway, here he is in all his bare-chested magnificence.