The American Film Theatre 14 Film Collection (AFT Megaset) (DVD)

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The American Film Theatre 14 Film Collection (AFT Megaset) (DVD)


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With many films now transplanted to the Broadway stage and vice versa, it is easy to forget how remarkable a project The American Film Theatre was at its conception; utilizing the great artists of our time, this relevant series not only offered theatre to those who did not have access to stage productions, but appealed to lovers of both art forms. A unique time capsule that captures some of the finest performers of the 20th century.

This "Thinpak" case contains all 14 plays from the AFT series.


The American Film Theatre 14 Film Collection (AFT Megaset)

With many films now transplanted to the Broadway stage and vice versa, it is easy to forget how remarkable a project The American Film Theatre was at its conception; utilizing the great artists of our time, this relevant series not only offered theatre to those who did not have access to stage productions, but appealed to lovers of both art forms. A unique time capsule that captures some of the finest performers of the 20th century.

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Three Sisters
Cast
Alan Bates
Laurence Olivier
Joan Plowright
Derek Jacobi
Jean Watts

Crew
Directed by Laurence Olivier
Writer Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov's classic play about the lives of three sisters living in a remote Russian village is given the all-star treatment by director and star Laurence Olivier. more info
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 Man in the Glass Booth
Cast
Allan Starski
Luther Adler
Lois Nettleton
Lawrence Pressman

Crew
Directed by Arthur Hiller

A New York-based Jewish real estate tycoon is suddenly accused of being a Nazi war criminal. At his trial in Israel, he adopts a shocking defense which raises more questions than it answers. Based on Robert Shaw's book and play.

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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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In Celebration
Cast
Alan Bates
James Bolam
Constance Chapman
Bill Owen
Brian Cox

Crew
Writer David Storey
Produced by Ely Landau
Directed by Lindsay Anderson

Taught adaptation of David Storey's emotionally-charged family drama. 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
The Homecoming
Cast
Vivien Merchant
Cyril Cusack
Ian Holm
Terence Rigby

Crew
Writer Harold Pinter
Produced by Ely Landau
Directed by Peter Hall

A professor returns home after a long absence to introduce his wife to his father and two brothers, but the family reunion has unexpected and disturbing consequences. Based on one of Harold Pinter's greatest plays. 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
A Delicate Balance
Cast
Joseph Cotten
Lee Remick
Paul Scofield
Katharine Hepburn

Crew
Writer Edward Albee
Directed by Tony Richardson

An invasion of friends and family pushes the repressed problems of a complacent marriage to the fore in this exceptional adapatation of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. more info
Galileo
Cast
Tom Conti
John Gielgud
Topal

Crew
Writer Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Joseph Losey

Based on the play by Bertolt Brecht (originally translated by Charles Laughton), GALILEO explores not merely the infamous historical figure, but the philosophical concepts for which he was both celebrated and condemned. more info
Lost in the Stars
Cast
Raymond St. Jacques
Clifton Davis
Melba Moore
Brock Peters

Crew
Produced by Ely Landau
Directed by Daniel Mann

Lost in the Stars transforms Alan Paton's world famous novel of racial oppression, Cry the Beloved Country, into a tragic and beautiful film musical unlike any you've ever seen. Gilded by Maxwell Anderson's lucid lyrics and Kurt Weill's (The Three Penny Opera) powerful music, and guided by Daniel Mann's (Playing for Time) sensitive direction, this one-of-a-kind film is both a heartbreaking indictment of a cruel society and a poetic testament to the millions of forgotten lives ground beneath the heel of apartheid. more info
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
Cast
Joe Masiell
Mort Shuman
Elly Stone
Jacques Brel

Crew
Writers Eric Blau and Jacques Brel
Directed by Denis Heroux

Kino's presentation of AFT's Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is proof of this celebrated modern troubadour's timeless relevance and enduring passion.

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Philadelphia, Here I Come!
Cast
Siobhan McKenna
Donal McCann

Crew
Directed by John Quested

The American Film Theatre's Philadelphia, Here I Come! presents an ingenious glimpse into the stock-taking of young Gareth "Gar" O'Donnell on the eve of his emigration to America. more info
Three Sisters

"(Four stars)" - Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times


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


The Man in the Glass Booth

"A scintillating theater piece gets a terrific cinematic treatment in Arthur Hiller’s The Man in the Glass Booth. With an eye-opening central performance and cerebral surprises to keep a thoughtful moviegoer completely enthralled, The Man in the Glass Booth earns a firm recommendation."


Luther

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

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


In Celebration

"Anderson and a a superb cast have made a harrowing and satisfying suspense drama." - New York Magazine


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


The Homecoming

"The Homecoming almost cried out to be filmed and the AFT has come through." - 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


A Delicate Balance

"A superlative record of Albee's play, enthrallingly brought to the screen." - Stanley Eichelbaum, The San Francisco Examiner


Galileo

"Taste, class and a first-rate cast...Landau and Losey have brought off an admirable film." - Variety


Lost in the Stars

"Stunning in its simplicity...haunting music here splendidly done." - Emerson Batdorff - The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Brock Peters is outstanding...his ending scene is a triumph." - Atlanta Jounal Constitution


Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

"Infected with spirit...bitingly relevant" - Variety


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