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Murder on the Orient Express Question #14 The Many Faces of Hercule Poirot

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:33 am
by nebraska
While Murder on the Orient Express may have been your written introduction to the world famous investigator, it’s unlikely you haven’t met the man before, either in film or TV series. Do you have a favorite Poirot? Tell us why? And if you’ve seen the movie, what did you think of Kenneth Branagh’s performance as Poirot ?

Murder on the Orient Express Question #14 The Many Faces of Hercule Poirot

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:59 pm
by Gilbert's Girl
I think when people think of an on screen Poirot over here it has to be David Suchet who played him on screen for years. I didn't really watch it though so not sure he would be a favorite. I think ofvthe big screen version each seems to have been right for that film. Albert Finney was good in the 1974 version, Peter Ustinov was good in Death On the Nile. Think he played the role in another one but can't remember what it was called.

Murder on the Orient Express Question #14 The Many Faces of Hercule Poirot

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:40 pm
by nebraska
The 1970s move version of Murder On the Orient Express is actually the only other Agatha Christie film I have seen and I have not watched the television versions of Poirot. For me, Branagh created a wonderful character, but I have little to compare him to.

Murder on the Orient Express Question #14 The Many Faces of Hercule Poirot

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:14 am
by fireflydances
I think David Suchet has owned the face of Poirot for many years. It was simple the face that popped up in one's mind when someone said Hercule Poirot. But I have to say, I really love the Poirot that Branagh has created. I wonder what Agatha would say?

Murder on the Orient Express Question #14 The Many Faces of Hercule Poirot

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:31 am
by marija
When I'm thinking of Poirot at first Sir Peter Ustinov came to my mind. He revealed and represented the cleverness and cunning that A. Christy described in her books. That's the only thing I've missed a little bit from K. Brannagh but he is for me from now on ,no doubt, my new ( and most beautiful) face of Poirot.

Murder on the Orient Express Question #14 The Many Faces of Hercule Poirot

Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:00 am
by SnoopyDances
I've enjoyed all the movie Poirots, although I haven't been able to see Suchet's or Alfred Molina's versions.
I think it's fun to see different actors recreate the same character and develop their own quirks. Poirot would certainly be a fun guy to play and it looks like Branagh thoroughly enjoyed the character. :mortdecai1:

Murder on the Orient Express Question #14 The Many Faces of Hercule Poirot

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:40 pm
by fireflydances
Yes, Branagh definitely pulled back on the weird side of Poirot. He doesn't seem so obsessed, so squirrely in his drive to unearth the mystery. I would say it makes a more contemporaneous figure, but I think he could have contrived a figure that included some of those odd ticks anyway. I must confess to not seeing many films with Branagh. And I wonder about the diversity of his characters. Any comment?

Murder on the Orient Express Question #14 The Many Faces of Hercule Poirot

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:05 am
by Gilbert's Girl
fireflydances wrote:Yes, Branagh definitely pulled back on the weird side of Poirot. He doesn't seem so obsessed, so squirrely in his drive to unearth the mystery. I would say it makes a more contemporaneous figure, but I think he could have contrived a figure that included some of those odd ticks anyway. I must confess to not seeing many films with Branagh. And I wonder about the diversity of his characters. Any comment?

Always believable in his characters. Not sure though if they are very different but he is always earnest. Not one for disguising I suppose. His acting makes the character.

Murder on the Orient Express Question #14 The Many Faces of Hercule Poirot

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:12 pm
by SnoopyDances
Gilbert's Girl wrote:
fireflydances wrote:Yes, Branagh definitely pulled back on the weird side of Poirot. He doesn't seem so obsessed, so squirrely in his drive to unearth the mystery. I would say it makes a more contemporaneous figure, but I think he could have contrived a figure that included some of those odd ticks anyway. I must confess to not seeing many films with Branagh. And I wonder about the diversity of his characters. Any comment?

Always believable in his characters. Not sure though if they are very different but he is always earnest. Not one for disguising I suppose. His acting makes the character.

:highfive:

I do enjoy his films. I've been a fan of his for a long time.

Murder on the Orient Express Question #14 The Many Faces of Hercule Poirot

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:39 pm
by Gilbert's Girl
SnoopyDances wrote:
Gilbert's Girl wrote:
fireflydances wrote:Yes, Branagh definitely pulled back on the weird side of Poirot. He doesn't seem so obsessed, so squirrely in his drive to unearth the mystery. I would say it makes a more contemporaneous figure, but I think he could have contrived a figure that included some of those odd ticks anyway. I must confess to not seeing many films with Branagh. And I wonder about the diversity of his characters. Any comment?

Always believable in his characters. Not sure though if they are very different but he is always earnest. Not one for disguising I suppose. His acting makes the character.

:highfive:

I do enjoy his films. I've been a fan of his for a long time.

Me too.

Murder on the Orient Express Question #14 The Many Faces of Hercule Poirot

Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:47 pm
by fireflydances
Gilbert's Girl wrote:
SnoopyDances wrote:
Gilbert's Girl wrote:Always believable in his characters. Not sure though if they are very different but he is always earnest. Not one for disguising I suppose. His acting makes the character.

:highfive:

I do enjoy his films. I've been a fan of his for a long time.

Me too.


Well, I will definitely have to seek him out. Can anyone name some favorite roles in terms of Branagh?

Murder on the Orient Express Question #14 The Many Faces of Hercule Poirot

Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:44 pm
by SnoopyDances
fireflydances wrote:
Gilbert's Girl wrote:
SnoopyDances wrote: :highfive:

I do enjoy his films. I've been a fan of his for a long time.

Me too.


Well, I will definitely have to seek him out. Can anyone name some favorite roles in terms of Branagh?

He's done a lot of Shakespeare.
My Week with Marilyn was good.
Dunkirk
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Murder on the Orient Express Question #14 The Many Faces of Hercule Poirot

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:22 am
by Gilbert's Girl
If you can find them the tv series Fortunes of War and Shackleton and the British film A Month in The Country although he is not the main character. Henry V and Much Ado About Mothing

Murder on the Orient Express Question #14 The Many Faces of Hercule Poirot

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:03 pm
by fireflydances
Thanks guys, I will look for these!