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 OscarÃ‚Â® 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
Interested in bringing Butley to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the 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 the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.
RT' @THR': Exclusive:' @Miss_GraceJones' to headline' @NYTimes'' inaugural TimesTalks festival' https://t.co/FJ0xSD2ycx'' https://t.co/BQMWqVzEN9'
RT' @RollingStone': See the compelling new 'Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami' documentary trailer' https://t.co/wYI98UYSlK'' https://t.co/6pusee…'
RT' @1WUTI': Tomorrow we will be talking live to director RACHEL ISRAEL about her fantastic debut feature KEEP THE CHANGE on Instagram live a…
RT' @ktcfilm': KEEP THE CHANGE opens tomorrow at' @RoxieTheater' in San Francisco,' @TheAvalonDC' in Washington DC,' @musicboxtheatre' in Chicago,…
RT' @blackfilm': New Trailer To Pop Culture Mega-Icon Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami, In Theaters April 13 from' @KinoLorber' -https://t.co/i…
RT' @SAGindie': Award-winner #KeepTheChange (@ktcfilm) opens tomorrow in SF, Chicago, DC, and more! Check out our interview with the film's w…
RT' @firstshowing': Official US Trailer for 'Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami' Documentary' https://t.co/4fbK1qw7a2' #docs' @Miss_GraceJones'' @Kino…'
RT' @i_D': grace jones will discuss her 'fierce and fabulous' life at a new festival' https://t.co/DaeXeaWywK'' https://t.co/WNIQDRvS9O'
RT' @Essence': When queen mother Grace Jones speaks, we listen.' https://t.co/j3FmpVvuUK'
Inquiries & Press
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871
Press & Media
For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing email@example.com or calling 212-629-6880.