Travels with My Aunt

Travels with My Aunt

Director: George Cukor, Gil Parondo

Cast: George Cukor, Gil Parondo, Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen

     
 

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In the lively comedy/adventure Travels with My Aunt, adapted from Graham Green's book, Henry (Alec McCowan), a timid, bookish accountant whose life seems to have died stillborn, discovers how to live with gusto thanks to the rough ministrations of his thoroughly eccentric aunt Augusta (Maggie Smith). Aunt Augusta bursts into Henry's life during the funeral for

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In the lively comedy/adventure Travels with My Aunt, adapted from Graham Green's book, Henry (Alec McCowan), a timid, bookish accountant whose life seems to have died stillborn, discovers how to live with gusto thanks to the rough ministrations of his thoroughly eccentric aunt Augusta (Maggie Smith). Aunt Augusta bursts into Henry's life during the funeral for his mother, Augusta's sister. She whisks him to her apartment for a general cheering up, and he is thoroughly bemused by her bohemian ways and her much-younger black Caribbean boyfriend. In the next few hours, she manages to pry him from his dusty life and involve him in a series of incredible adventures involving old love affairs, espionage, kidnappings, and more money than he has ever dreamt of. Before the story ends, Henry has properly gotten into the spirit of his madcap aunt's adventuring.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Not outré enough to be a cult film, Travels With My Aunt nevertheless is one of those movies that tends to divide its audience into those who love it and those who hate it. Those in the former group find many elements to praise. The screenplay, from Graham Greene's book, is clever and witty and features an array of original comic characters. Directors George Cukor and Gil Parondo have ensured that it has a marvelous look, with excellent contributions in the art direction, costume, and cinematography department. Maggie Smith's performance is delightfully over-the-top, a tour de force that matches the material perfectly. Detractors counter that the underlying message of the story is trite and unoriginal and that the screenplay, for all its cleverness, does not address that failing. Cukor and Parondo's pacing and tone are off, with some scenes that call for manic energy instead just lying there and others that call for a gentle touch being treated as zany comedy. And Smith's performance strikes many as going too far, to the point that it becomes alienating and annoying. Most can agree, however, that Alec McCowen gives a finely detailed, understated performance, Louis Gossett Jr. is hysterical, and Cindy Williams is surprisingly funny. Aunt ultimately doesn't work on all levels, but it's an interesting cinematic journey nonetheless.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2011
UPC:
0883316381496
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
24,465

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Performance Credits
Maggie Smith Aunt Augusta
Alec McCowen Henry
Louis Gossett Wordsworth
Robert Stephens Visconti
Cindy Williams Tooley
Olive Behrendt Madame in Messagero
Nora Norman Stripper
Robert Flemyng Crowder
Charlie Bravo Policeman
Daniel Emilfork Hakim
Javier Escriva Dancer in Messagero
Raymond Gerome Mario
John Hamill Crowder's Man
Bernard Holley Bobby
William Layton Art Expert
Corinne Marchand Louise
Julio Pena Mons. Alexandre
Antonio Pica Elegant Man
Aldo Sambrell Hakim's Assistant
David Swift Detective
José Luis Lopez Vasquez Dambreuse
Valerie White Madame Dambreuse

Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Gil Parondo Director
Jay Presson Allen Screenwriter
Derek Ball Sound/Sound Designer
John Bloom Editor
John Box Production Designer
James Cresson Producer
Robert Fryer Producer
Miguel Angel Gil Asst. Director
Tony Hatch Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert Laing Production Designer
Gil Parrondo Production Designer
Anthony Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Germinal Rangel Costumes/Costume Designer
José Antonio Sanchez Makeup
Dario Simoni Set Decoration/Design
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Harry W. Tetrick Sound/Sound Designer
Hugh Wheeler Screenwriter
Graham Greene Source Author

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