Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano

DVD - 2007
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Withering from alcoholism, British consul Geoffrey Firmin stumbles through a small Mexican village amidst the Day of the Dead fiesta, attempting to reconnect with his estranged wife, but only further alienating himself.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, 2007.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
ISBN: 9781934121948
Branch Call Number: DVD UNDE VOL
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.


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Feb 16, 2019

In fairness, getting the essence of Lowry's work onto film would always be a challenge. As with Dickens, so much of the story's atmosphere is in the writer's phrasing, his depiction of a man who has burdened his life with challenges he can't control. A Lowry self-portrayal. It would take a fine actor, one able to express the subtleties of the consul's turmoil through facial expression and general mannerism as much as words, to breathe life into a character who, in the author's hands, leaps off the page. Albert Finney, never one to use a scalpel when a bludgeon is at hand, fails.
Under the Volcano's reputation as an unadaptable novel survives this attempt with flying colours.


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