Paradise Lost

Overview

Clifford Odets isn't too well represented on video or in movies, and so any Odets work is a welcome addition to the DVD catalog. Paradise Lost, Odets' personal favorite among all of his plays, appears on DVD from Kultur Video in the performance presented by WNET-Channel 13 in New York in 1971, some 40 years after the play was first performed. The disc starts off on the wrong foot -- as does this series of relaees -- by opening with a five-minute trailer/montage for the entire "Broadway Theatre Archive" series ...
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Overview

Clifford Odets isn't too well represented on video or in movies, and so any Odets work is a welcome addition to the DVD catalog. Paradise Lost, Odets' personal favorite among all of his plays, appears on DVD from Kultur Video in the performance presented by WNET-Channel 13 in New York in 1971, some 40 years after the play was first performed. The disc starts off on the wrong foot -- as does this series of relaees -- by opening with a five-minute trailer/montage for the entire "Broadway Theatre Archive" series that this release is part of. The producers can be forgiven for plugging a new series, but not for the repetitive structure of the plug reel (one clip from Uncommon Women And Others would have sufficed). If the viewer speeds past that introduction (which is impossible to skip over), however, the program opens a window on history that is not to be missed; Odets was one of the great creative geniuses of the era of the Great Depression, a humane intellect whose wrestlings with the human condition made for some of the finest plays of the 1930's. This production opens with Luther Adler's personal recollection of the original staging from four decades earliers -- from that introduction, the program jumps feet-first into a rich and rewarding performance starring Eli Wallach, Jo Van Fleet, Fred Gwynne, Cliff Gorman, and a very young Bernadette Peters. The videotaped production shows its age in a softness to the image in any image wider than a close-up, and also a lack of range and depth to the sound -- the audio is all in a safe, flat middle range, not lacking anything essential but not as sharp, intimate, or immediate as it would be today. Glenn Jordan's direction is lively enough to carry the 160 minute program, and the overall production represents the best work of its kind at the time of the broadcast. The producers have given the program only five chapters, including a number covering the end credits. There is a very simple menu that is accessible manually for those who desire it.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2002
  • UPC: 032031261693
  • Original Release: 1974
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kultur Video
  • Time: 2:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 78,591

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bernadette Peters
Fred Gwynne
Jo Van Fleet
Technical Credits
Glenn Jordan Director, Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction by Luther Adler [1:41]
2. Act I - November 11, 1932 [1:08:34]
3. Act II - March 1934 [9:59]
4. Act III - April 1935 [44:59]
5. End Credits [27:17]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selections
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