The American Film Theatre - DVD Box 1 (DVD)

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The brainchild of producer Ely Landau, The American Film Theatre was a bold and revolutionary enterprise dedicated to the belief that a great segment of the movie audience do not want "to escape into sex and violence but want to think and feel."

The great talents of Broadway and Hollywood were enticed to join him and the result was fourteen magnificently crafted film productions based on the best plays of the 20th century. They represent a treasure trove of provocative stories, brilliant cinematography, and towering performances from the most important film directors and biggest stars of the period.

Long unavailable, all fourteen American Film Theatre productions have now been rediscovered, restored, and are ready for a new generation of theatre and film lovers.


Rhinoceros
Cast
Karen Black
Zero Mostel
Gene Wilder

Crew
Writer Eugene Ionesco
Produced by Ely Landau
Directed by Tom O'Horgan

The film version of Eugene Ionesco's absurdist play tells of a French city where the citizens begin to turn mysteriously into rhinoceroses. Zero Mostel creates his Tony-winning Broadway role. Includes the marvelous Karen Black. more info
The Maids
Cast
Vivien Merchant
Susannah York
Glenda Jackson

Crew
Cinematographer Douglas Slocombe
Directed by Christopher Miles

Two maids, in a sinister bond of roleplaying, take turns acting out an abusive employer-servant relationship. Adapted from Jean Genet's absurdist play, itself inspired from a true life case.

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Luther
Cast
Patrick Magee
Hugh Griffith
Judi Dench
Alan Badel
Stacy Keach

Crew
Cinematographer Freddie Young
Produced by Ely Landau
Directed by Guy Green

John Osborne's play is a fascinating and powerful psychological study of the Augustinian monk Martin Luther, examining his central role in the birth of Protestantism and revolt against the Roman Catholic Church.

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The Iceman Cometh

Considered the definitive film version of one of Eugene O'Neill's greatest plays, this simple tale of a birthday celebration at a saloon takes a devastating look at disillusionment and dashed hopes. more info
Butley
Cast
Jessica Tandy
Alan Bates

Crew
Directed by Harold Pinter

Alan Bates turns his Tony-winning role into one of his greatest film performances as a lecturer who experiences a truly awful day. more info
Rhinoceros

"Rhinoceros is a fast paced, inventively realized film. Wilder and Mostel portray true feeling for each other better than any comedy team I've ever seen." - David Rosenbaum, The Boston Phoenix


Luther

"Stacy Keach is brilliant" - Kevin Kelly, The Boston Globe

"One of the best pictures of the year." - The Denver Post


The Iceman Cometh

"A majestic and thrilling achievement. Ely Landau and his associates have brought off something remarkable..." - Charles Champlin, The Los Angeles Times

"(four stars) Brilliant performances and a virtuoso directing achievement...A definitive film version." - Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun Times


Butley

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


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