Butley (DVD)

Directed by Harold Pinter

Release Year: 1974
Running Time: 129
UPC: 7 38329 02782 7
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Theatre
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Cast
Jessica Tandy
Alan Bates

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Directed by Harold Pinter

On any given day Ben Butley, a self-made train wreck of an English Literature professor at a London university, can shrug off everyone and everything with equal ease. But today, the disaster of Butley's proudly misspent life threatens to dwarf even his cynically fatalistic non-expectations. Arriving at his cramped cave of an office, Butley is informed that his adored Joey is moving in with another man, his estranged wife is re-marrying, and his seemingly untalented colleague has been published ahead of him.

As embodied by Alan Bates, Butley falls back on the surgically precise wit and savage eloquence that helped put him in his current circumstances in the first place. The blitzkrieg of vitriolic commentary with which Butley engages lovers, students, rivals, and allies, all with equal ferocity, becomes a glass bottom boat illuminating the churning depths of his bankrupted soul. Acclaimed playwright Harold Pinter, in what Time Magazine hailed as "a quite superior directorial debut," turns author Simon Gray's single-set, dialogue driven stage play into an irresistible dynamic visual experience that tracks Bates' hilarious and fearless performance with cunning precision.

Bates and an expert supporting cast, including Oscar® winner Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy), joust with a sly, self-referencing wit and an unselfconscious exuberance that is breathtaking. With every verbal parry and valedictory flourish of wordplay, Butley's life becomes more of an inescapable bear trap of thwarted ambition, clandestine affection, and squandered brilliance.


DVD Extras Include:
  • Theatrical trailer
  • "Simon Gray and Butley" - an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theater Critic, The Village Voice
  • The AFT Cinebill for Butley
  • Stills Gallery
  • An interview with Edie Landau - Executive in charge, The American Film Theatre
  • Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera - AFT promotional reel (1974)
  • The American Film Theatre Trailer Gallery - Includes a complete list of the AFT films
  • The American Film Theatre scrapbook
  • Enhanced for 16 X 9 TVs

"An extraordinary success...a devilishly entertaining piece and showpiece for Alan Bates" - Stanley Eichelbaum, The San Francisco Examiner


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