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Under the Volcano (Criterion Collection)

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Under the Volcano follows the final day in the life of self-destructive British consul Geoffrey Firmin (Albert Finney, in an Oscar-nominated tour de force) on the eve of World War II. Withering from alcoholism, Firmin stumbles through a small Mexican village amidst the Day of the Dead fiesta, attmepting to reconnect with his estranged wife (Jacqueline Bisset) but only further alienating himself. John Huston's ambitious tackling of Malcom Lowry's towering "unadaptable" novel gave the incomparable Finney one of his grandest roles and was the legendary The Treasure of Sierra Madre director's triumphant return to filmmaking in Mexico.


Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 205068954
UPC 715515026420
UPC 14 00715515026420
Format DVD
Release Date 10/23/2007
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Huston,John
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Cast & Crew
Albert Finney - Actor
Alex North - Original Music By
Anthony Andrews - Actor
Gabriel Figueroa - Cinematographer
Gunther Gerszo - Production Designer
Guy Gallo - Screenplay
Jacqueline Bisset - Actor
John Huston - Director
Jose Rodriguez Granada - Art Director
Katy Jurado - Actor
Malcolm Lowry - Based On Novel By
Michael Fitzgerald - Executive Producer
Moritz Borman - Producer
Roberto Silvi - Editor
Nominee (1985) Golden Globe, Albert Finney, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, Jacqueline Bisset, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Oscar, Albert Finney, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Alex North, Best Music, Original Score
Nominee (1984) Cannes Film Festival, John Huston, Golden Palm Award
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review John Huston, the sure-footed old veteran who directed the film, wisely leaves out the symbols and implications and subtexts and just gives us the man. Lowry's novel was really about alcoholism, anyway; the other materials were not so much subjects as they were attempts by the hero to focus on something between his ears...The movie belongs to Finney, but mention must be made of Jacqueline Bisset as his wife and Anthony Andrews as his half-brother. Their treatment of the consul is interesting. They understand him well. They love him (and, we gather, each other). They realize nothing can be done for him. Why do they stay with him? For love, maybe, or loyalty, but also perhaps because they respect the great effort he makes to continue to function, to "carry on," in the face of his disabling illness. Huston, I think, is interested in the same aspect of the story, that within every drunk is a man with self-respect trying to get free.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
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Actor Huston,John
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice Captures and conveys the hot music of what some literary critics have called the greatest religious novel of the twentieth century...
Variety ...there will be few unmoved by Finney's towering performance as the tragic Britisher...

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