The Richard Burton Diaries (★★★★ Empire review)

BurtonDiariesSquareThe legendary Welsh actor’s surviving diaries, meticulously annotated, suggests that he cared little for the minutiae of making movies (“What a sloppy job this acting is,” he muses), Burton preferring to document the books he reads, people he meets – and his tumultuous relationship with ‘E’ (Elizabeth Taylor). Over 700 pages, he emerges as a formidable writer, one whose quest for scholarly self-improvement was as unquenchable as his thirst for alcohol. ★★★★

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