In the Dark

The Naked Truth

The Reader
Produced and distributed by The Weinstein Company
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Screenplay by David Hare from Bernhard Schlink’s novel


In 2005, Miss Kate Winslet (Mrs. Sam Mendes) appeared on Ricky Gervais’s Extras as a comedic version of herself, sporting a 1942 nun’s habit on a film set.  She was supposed to be playing a nun who had taken up the cause of saving Jews during World War II.  At one point, Gervais’s character commends her for taking on such an uncharacteristic role.  She rolls her eyes and lights a cigarette.  “I’m doing it,” she says barely concealing her exasperation between puffs, “because I noticed if you do a film about the holocaust you’re guaranteed an Oscar.  I’ve been nominated four times.  Never won.  The whole world is going, ‘Why hasn’t Winslet won one?’”  “Schindler’s bloody ListThe Pianist!” she continues contemptuously.  “Oscars coming out of their arse!”

I confess I was shocked when I saw this episode.  Miss Winslet’s career in America is over, I thought at the time.  Mel Brooks and Jerry Seinfeld can get away with holocaust humor, but not an Anglican playing herself playing a Roman Catholic nun.  Obviously I was wrong. ...

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