Director: James Ivory Cast: Alan Bates, Maggie Smith, Isabelle Adjani

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No relation to the 1949 Somerset Maugham "omnibus" film of the same name, 1981's Quartet is based on the roman a clef by Jean Rhys. Though the names are changed, it is clearly the story of Rhys' romance with Ford Maddox Ford in 1920s Paris. The titular quartet consists of novelist Isabelle Adjani, her Polish husband Anthony Higgins, wealthy philanderer Alan Bates and Bates' artist wife Maggie Smith. Though she's been indulgent of Higgins's past indiscretions, Smith isn't keen on her husband carrying on an affair with Adjani under their own roof. Meanwhile, Higgins sits in prison, jailed for his various petty thefts. Once Higgins is released, he learns about the Bates-Adjani-Smith contretemps. When the dust settles, it is Adjani who suffers the most.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2019
UPC: 0191329115589
Original Release: 1981
Rating: R
Source: Cohen Media Group
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 303

Special Features

The Making of Quartet: a conversation with James Ivory; A new conversation with James Ivory and Pierre Lhomme; Viva Cinema interview with James Ivory; Conversations with the filmmakers; Original trailer; Restoration trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Bates H.J. Heidler
Maggie Smith Lois
Isabelle Adjani Marya Zelli
Anthony Higgins Stephan
Daniel Chatto Guy
Pierre Clementi Theo, the pornographer
Suzanne Flon Concierge
Sheila Gish Anna
Daniel Mesguich Schlamovitz
Humbert Balsan Impresario's Friend
Romain Bremond Youth
Josine Comellas Cafe Patronne
Sebastien Floche Hatuchamp
Jeffrey Kime James
Caroline Loeb Nun
Serge Marquand Night Club Owner
Armelia McQueen Nell, Singer
Annie Noel Maid
Paulita Sedgwick Esther
Bernice Stegers Miss Nicholson
Michel Such Guard
Virginie Thevenet Mlle. Chardin
Francois Viaur Lefranc

Technical Credits
James Ivory Director,Screenwriter
Jean-Jacques Caziot Art Director
Jean Pierre Maho de la Querantonnais Producer
Humphrey Dixon Editor
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Screenwriter
Alex Leyton Cinematographer
Pierre Lhomme Cinematographer
Jean-Pierre Mahot Producer
Ismail Merchant Producer
Judy Moorcraft Costumes/Costume Designer
W. Somerset Maugham Source Author
Richard Robbins Score Composer

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