The American Film Theatre - DVD Box 1 (DVD)
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.
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
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.more info
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.more info
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
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 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
"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
"An extraordinary success...a devilishly entertaining piece and showpiece for Alan Bates" - Stanley Eichelbaum, The San Francisco Examiner
Interested in bringing these titles to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase a DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.
Butley may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase a DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880.
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