Atom Egoyan pays tribute to Martin Landau

"A great actor has left this stage."

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Martin Landau starred opposite Christopher Plummer in Atom Egoyan's Remember
Martin Landau starred opposite Christopher Plummer in Atom Egoyan's Remember

In 2016, when I spoke with Atom Egoyan about his film Remember, I commented to him that Alfred Hitchcock's North By Northwest came to mind and not only because of Martin Landau. His response was: "I think it's embedded in the script. I feel there is a lot of Hitchcock in this film. This idea of a character being manipulated by a plan or a machine that's outside of his control or his apprehension … It's strange, I remember talking with him [Landau] about shooting North By Northwest when we worked together many years ago. But I can't say it was conscious or deliberate."

Atom Egoyan on Martin Landau:
Atom Egoyan on Martin Landau: "A great actor has left this stage with an astonishing body of work which we will remember and cherish." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

During my conversation at the Museum of Tolerance in New York with his Remember producer Robert Lantos, Atom commented on when he directed Martin Landau in a Hitchcock television episode: "I was a kid at the time and it was just so thrilling to get these stories what Hitchcock was like on set from Martin who was so generous. He has so many stories."

This morning Atom sent the following tribute in honour Martin Landau:

"I first worked with this extraordinary man in the mid-Eighties, when I directed him in an episode of the new Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The project was called The Final Twist, and as a young filmmaker I couldn’t get enough of his wonderful stories about actually shooting with Hitchcock on North By Northwest. We promised each other we’d work together again one day and I was so fortunate to have Martin star opposite Christopher Plummer 30 years later in Remember. Martin gave such an astute and moving performance in the film, playing a Holocaust survivor full of rage and a sense of injustice. It was such a thrill to have him at the premiere at the Venice Film Festival two years ago, where he received a ten minute standing ovation for his work. A great actor has left this stage with an astonishing body of work which we will remember and cherish." - Atom Egoyan

Martin Landau passed away this Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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