Critic's Notebook: Max von Sydow, a Master of Actorly Gravitas and Versatility

Critic's Notebook: Max von Sydow, a Master of Actorly Gravitas and Versatility
“God, they don’t make them like me anymore,” Max von Sydow tells Mathieu Amalric, playing his son, in Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and there’s not a truer line in the film.

It takes some kind of actor to be able to play both Jesus and Satan (with Ming the Merciless thrown in for good measure), but von Sydow was such a man. Imposingly tall, entirely credible as royalty and peasant, at ease in several languages and a walking definition of gravitas, the Swedish actor, who died over the weekend at 90, provided ...
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