Comfort of Strangers

Comfort of Strangers

Director: Paul Schrader

Cast: Christopher Walken, Rupert Everett, Natasha Richardson

     
 

Working from a script by Harold Pinter, Paul Schrader directed Helen Mirren, Christopher Walken, and Natasha Richardson in the mystery The Comfort of Strangers. The film arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer and information on the castSee more details below

Overview

Working from a script by Harold Pinter, Paul Schrader directed Helen Mirren, Christopher Walken, and Natasha Richardson in the mystery The Comfort of Strangers. The film arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer and information on the cast and crew. This is an inexpensive disc that will be worthwhile for any fan of Schrader's unique talent.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Like many of Paul Schrader's films, The Comfort of Strangers is a mournful examination of decaying innocence and sexual transgression. With the alien, old-world beauty of Venice providing both the picture-perfect backdrop and the grimy emotional context, the film wanders slowly off the beaten path and into danger. Rupert Everett is appropriately callow and Natasha Richardson fittingly naïve, their English tourist protagonists led inexorably astray by the depraved Eurotrash sophisticate played by Christopher Walken. Nailing screenwriter Harold Pinter's typically elliptical, repetitive dialogue, Walken exudes sinister charm without devolving into villainous schtick. Meanwhile, Helen Mirren plays his enigmatic wife with a mixture of masochistic passivity and morbid sex appeal; of the two, her character is the far more disturbing. Unfortunately, the film's sumptuous setting and Schrader's glassy sensuality don't always mesh well with the messy subject matter. Reserved and voyeuristic, the filmmaker is content to watch the characters play out their ugly little drama from a dreamy distance. Suggestive rather than elucidative, the film lacks the moral complexities that made the subsequent Light Sleeper one of Schrader's all-time best. Nevertheless, The Comfort of Strangers has enough fine performances and intriguing ideas to satisfy fans of the director's oeuvre and of psychological thrillers in general.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2004
UPC:
0628261005499
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Madacy Records
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Direct scene access; Theatrical trailer; Sneak peeks; Cast and crew

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Walken Robert
Rupert Everett Colin
Natasha Richardson Mary
Helen Mirren Caroline
Manfredi Aliquo Concierge
Giancarlo Previati First Policeman
Antonio Serrano Second Policeman
Rossana Caghiari Hotel Maid
Mary Selway Actor
David Ford Waiter
Daniel Franco Waiter

Technical Credits
Paul Schrader Director
Giorgio Armani Costumes/Costume Designer
Angelo Badalamenti Score Composer
Mariolina Bono Costumes/Costume Designer
Mario Cotone Producer
Luigi Marchione Art Director
Stefano Paltrinieri Set Decoration/Design
Bill Pankow Editor
Harold Pinter Screenwriter
Gianni Quaranta Production Designer
Linda Reisman Associate Producer
Angelo Rizzoli Producer
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
John Thompson Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [4:22]
2. Venice [6:27]
3. Children [9:10]
4. Lost [6:22]
5. A Story [11:04]
6. What to Do [8:36]
7. Caroline [10:44]
8. Museum [4:11]
9. Society [6:46]
10. All Mine [6:59]
11. Together [7:58]
12. Selling Off [10:40]
13. The Other Side [4:10]
14. Mascara [4:01]
15. Credits [2:59]

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