A Man Called Harris: The Life of Richard Harris by Michael Sheridan, Anthony Galvin

By Michael Sheridan, Anthony Galvin

Richard Harris was once a tremendous who oozed aura on monitor; offscreen, despite the fact that, he was once and hooked on each excitement lifestyles might supply. Coming from a repressed Irish Catholic history, he was once pressured by way of a teenage ailment to desert his cherished rugby, yet now not his macho appetites. gaining knowledge of theater kept him. He had stumbled on his calling. regardless of marrying the daughter of a peer, he by no means attempted to slot in. He was once regularly a hell-raiser to the center, besides mythical associates Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole. yet he was once extra; he used to be a talented poet and singer. He used to be an clever relations guy who took nice curiosity in his craft, and used to be a Renaissance guy of the movie international. whenever his excesses threatened to kill his occupation, and himself, he rose magnificently from the ashes, first with an Oscar-winning functionality as Bull McCabe within the box, then within the Harry Potter franchise.

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He insists that we ought to make use of les- Page 30 sons previously learned and that we ought to keep our objective in view, but he does not see that each situation should be dealt with as part of a larger desirable whole, whose general outlines are already clear. He does not see that the nature and value of each situation should be determined in the light of that whole, the other steps that would be required, and the kind of opposition one might encounter. We must avoid mere improvization, tactics without strategy, mere piecemeal answers.

It can provoke thoughts and feelings which endanger the continuance of established and desirable ways. Precisely because it is and ought to be pursued wholeheartedly, art risks running afoul of the truths and rights which religion, ethics, and knowledge defend, exhibit, and promote. The free creativity which art requires affects men who do not have the power to keep it within the grooves, which would allow them to live together in tranquility and to attend to what transcends the world where men create.

Religious art embodies and points to Page 20 Existence as affected by God. The fact that it embodies and points to a divinely altered Existence distinguishes it from both secular art and pure religion. A secular art may portray religious figures, events, stories or gods, but only as an occasion to convey the nature of Existence as it stands outside and over against God. A pure religion may be expressed in beautiful songs and gestures, but these, like the song of a bird or the movement of a gazelle, are expressions of energies undirected, undisciplined, uncreated.

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