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American Film Theatre Box 2
     

American Film Theatre Box 2

Director: Arthur Hiller, Laurence Olivier, Lindsay Anderson, Peter Hall

Cast: Arthur Hiller, Laurence Olivier, Lindsay Anderson, Peter Hall

 
The American Film Theatre - Box 2 compiles five titles from Ely Landau's miracle merging of Broadway and Hollywood. These little-seen film versions of celebrated plays have been restored and presented for the first time on DVD from Kino Video. This set contains A Delicate Balance, The Man in the Glass Booth, In Celebration, Three Sisters,

Overview

The American Film Theatre - Box 2 compiles five titles from Ely Landau's miracle merging of Broadway and Hollywood. These little-seen film versions of celebrated plays have been restored and presented for the first time on DVD from Kino Video. This set contains A Delicate Balance, The Man in the Glass Booth, In Celebration, Three Sisters, and The Homecoming. Each film is presented with an anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital Stereo Sound. Special features include theatrical trailers, interviews, featurettes, still galleries, essays, and lots of vintage '70s American Film Theatre promotional materials. All 14 films in the series have been restored and released by Kino in three separate box sets.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Serious theater with real heft hits the screen in The American Film Theatre Collection Two, five plays from the unique and short-lived film-theater project of producer Ely Landau. Landau's vision of a "national theater on film" existed for a mere two seasons (1974-75) yet produced 14 memorable films that were presented as a ticket subscription series and screened only once simultaneously at various movie theaters nationwide. (More in the series can be found on The American Film Theatre Collection One.) The play is still the thing here, with cinematic techniques employed to create an essentially theatrical experience. Collection Two includes films from both AFT seasons, all but one produced between 1973 and 1975. That exception is Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, a 1970 co-production by Laurence Olivier and England's National Theatre Company that was presented in AFT's 1974 season. What is ponderous in Chekhov remains ponderous here, but fans of the Russian playwright are likely to appreciate Olivier's deadly serious production. In striking contrast is 1975's The Man in the Glass Booth, an eccentric adaptation of actor Robert Shaw's mind game of a story about a New York Jewish real-estate tycoon who may or may not be a former concentration camp commandant. Maximilian Schell delivers a fine lead performance, and director Arthur Hiller escalates the emotionalism of the play to sensationalistic proportions, an approach that caused Shaw to remove his name from the film but that also resulted in AFT's only conventional commercial release. The collection's undeniable gem, A Delicate Balance, is Edward Albee's alcohol-soaked study of a wealthy New England family, directed by Tony Richardson and starring Katharine Hepburn and Paul Scofield. The legendary Hepburn is a huge presence in this clean, beautifully shot adaptation. The set is rounded off by an odd set of British family dramas, David Storey's In Celebration and Harold Pinter's The Homecoming. Both plays feature a charismatic patriarch and three grown brothers, but while Storey's straightforward script dramatizes the siblings (who include Alan Bates and Brian Cox) as they return home to celebrate their parents' wedding anniversary, while Pinter's "homecoming" is that of a prodigal son making a surprise return with his wife -- an event that goes absurdly awry. Storey's straightforward, introspective dramatic heart contrasts with Pinter's perversity -- which is a joy to watch for Ian Holm's perfect turn as a pimp. Ultimately, the resulting collection of films bears the mark of the AFT's unique pedigree. They are simply required viewing for any fan of serious theater.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
UPC:
0738329029128
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
10:55:00

Special Features

[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Bates Andrew Shaw
Cyril Cusack Sam
Maximilian Schell Arthur Goldman
Sam Waterston Actor
Ian Holm Lenny
James Bolam Colin Shaw
Jeanne Watts Olga
Katharine Hepburn Agnes
Lois Nettleton Miriam Rosen
Brian Cox Steven Shaw
Joan Plowright Masha
Luther Adler Presiding Judge
Michael Jayston Teddy
Paul Scofield Tobias
Constance Chapman Mrs. Shaw
Lawrence Pressman Charlie Cohn
Lee Remick Julia
Louise Pumell Irina Prosorov
Vivien Merchant Ruth
Derek Jacobi Andrei Prosorov
Gabrielle Daye Mrs. Burnett
Henry Brown Jack Arnold
Kate Reid Claire
Terence Rigby Joey
Joseph Cotten Harry
Paul Rogers Max
Betsy Blair Edna

Technical Credits
Arthur Hiller Director
Laurence Olivier Director
Lindsay Anderson Director
Peter Hall Director
Tony Richardson Director
John Sichel Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- A Delicate Balance
1. "What I Find Most Astonishing..." [10:31]
2. Claire, the Sister-in-Law [8:34]
3. "I Am an Alcoholic" [10:43]
4. The Ground Rules [5:59]
5. "The Cat That I Had!" [6:55]
6. Harry & Edna [6:42]
7. "Your Daughter Is in Need..." [7:06]
8. Julia, the Quadruple Amputee [10:27]
9. "The Great Balancing Act" [9:14]
10. "What Do You Want?" [6:11]
11. "Get Them Out of Here!" [8:29]
12. Early the Next Morning [8:45]
13. ."..Silent, Sad, Disgusted Love" [7:13]
14. Tobias & His Women [7:40]
15. "Stay!" [10:22]
16. Philosophy From Agnes [8:25]
Side #2 -- The Man in the Glass Booth
1. "Why Do I Live?" [9:24]
2. Conspiratorial Glances [10:20]
3. Paranoia [9:38]
4. "It's Now a Rainy Day" [4:39]
5. The Last Supper [7:10]
6. Memories in the Attic [7:15]
7. The Abduction [8:16]
8. "See You in Court, Colonel" [12:10]
9. Prosecutor's Statement [5:43]
10. First Witnesses [10:34]
11. "The Man... Is a Jew" [7:14]
12. No Heroes [5:45]
13. "It Happened out of Love" [5:28]
14. The Doctors [6:20]
15. "Why Did You Do It?" [6:14]
Side #3 -- In Celebration
1. "Hello Dad!" [10:00]
2. "Hello Mom!" [6:09]
3. "How Does It Feel to Be Home?" [6:43]
4. Human Hygiene [12:12]
5. "Not My Cup of Tea" [8:53]
6. Memories [10:41]
7. The Truth [12:21]
8. A Toast [8:46]
9. Family Analysis [9:39]
10. "What's Going On?" [6:27]
11. Andrew's Vengeance [6:18]
12. "We All Have Our Problems" [6:30]
13. Choices [11:23]
Side #4 -- Three Sisters
1. A Spring Afternoon [7:29]
2. An Extravagant Present [7:14]
3. Our Lives [7:08]
4. Superfluous Knowledge [10:32]
5. Irina's Birthday [5:45]
6. "How Deceptive Life Can Be" [8:35]
7. "I Love..." [8:19]
8. "Let's Philosophize" [8:33]
9. "Let's Make Peace" [8:00]
10. "Moscow, Moscow" [8:52]
11. A Cruel Natasha [7:24]
12. "Maybe I'm Not a Man at All" [9:46]
13. "You Are a Remarkable Woman" [7:59]
14. Confessions [7:48]
15. A Dream [4:50]
16. Happiness [4:11]
17. A Duel [8:08]
18. Wives [5:55]
19. "Everything Comes to an End" [10:12]
20. "Let Us Live" [7:45]
Side #5 -- The Homecoming
1. A House in London [7:34]
2. "Hello, Uncle Sam!" [6:44]
3. A Late Arrival [13:15]
4. A Sleepless Night [7:19]
5. Proposals & Questions [11:19]
6. Good Morning? [9:11]
7. "The Whole Family Together" [9:00]
8. "Being and Not Being" [12:38]
9. Intellectual Equilibrium [10:07]
10. "She's a Tease" [8:58]
11. Sharing Ruth [6:52]
12. A Workable Arrangement [10:43]

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