Hampton on Hampton: Conversations with Christopher Hampton by Christopher Hampton
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Overview: ‘A lot of my plays begin as comedies and mutate in the course of the evening, because my instinct is that you have to welcome the audience in and make sure they’re sitting comfortably before you can give them an adequate punch on the jaw.’ Since the acclaimed London premiere of his first play in 1966, Christopher Hampton has established himself as one of Britain’s most prominent, and least predictable, dramatists.
From his best-known play, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and its Oscar-winning film version, Dangerous Liaisons, to personal and critical favourites like Total Eclipse and Tales from Hollywood; from his films as writer-director (Carrington, Imagining Argentina) to his work as screenwriter-for-hire (Mary Reilly, The Quiet American); from translations (Art) to musicals (Sunset Boulevard), Hampton eloquently – and entertainingly – explores his varied career with interviewer Alistair Owen, and discusses its recurring theme: the clash of liberal and radical thought, exemplified by his most recent play, The Talking Cure, about the fathers of psychoanalysis, Jung and Freud.
Genre: Non Fiction | Biographies & Memoirs