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Shakespeare al cinema: drammi e tragedie



1964, regia di Peter Glenville



Scheda: Nazione: GB - Produzione: Hal Wallis Productions, Keep Films, Paramount Pictures - Distribuzione: Paramount Pictures, VCI Home Video - Soggetto: Jean Anouilh - Sceneggiatura: Jean Anouilh, Edward Anhalt - Fotografia: Geoffrey Unsworth - Montaggio: Anne V. Coates - Art Director: Maurice Carter - Costumi: Margaret Furse - Musiche: Laurence Rosenthal - Formato: Technicolor - Durata: 148' (97').

Cast: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Donald Wolfit, Felix Aylmer, Gino Cervi, Paolo Stoppa, Geoffrey Bayldon, Pamela Brown, Hamilton Dyce, Percy Herbert, Jennifer Hilary, Martita Hunt, Inigo Jackson, Linda Marlowe, Patrick Newell, Riggs O'Hara, Frank Pettingell, John Phillips, Sian Phillips, Edward Woodward.




Trama e commenti: - Dizionario Farinotti - «Nell'Inghilterra del XII secolo Enrico II nomina arcivescovo di Canterbury il suo grande amico Thomas Becket, gią suo cancelliere. L'intento č di unire il clero e la corona. I rapporti tra i due si guastano: prima la libertą della Chiesa, poi l'amicizia. Sette nomination ma un solo Oscar per E. Anhalt che riscrisse con sagacia il noto dramma di J. Anouilh. Teatro in scatola con un superbo duetto di protagonisti. Tutti gli altri OK. Accurata la scenografia».

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: - «This notable improvement over the stage-bound Anouilh play recounts the story of two great friends turned unintentional foes, Becket (Richard Burton) and Henry II (Peter O'Toole). Becket is Henry's chancellor until consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury, almost in jest, by Henry. Becket takes the job seriously and defends the church from royal onslaught. The two men drift further apart as Becket goes deeper into his ecclesiastical role, and the king realizes that his former friend must be killed after the two men meet for an attempted reconciliation in a wonderful scene on horseback at a British beach. Ostensibly a story regarding the separation of church and state, Anouilh and Anhalt followed history closely and added their own undercurrent of homoerotic tension between the men, although this is so subtle that it was lost on many viewers. All technical credits are excellent and so are the performances. Many wonderful touches abound, including the scene wherein forks are introduced to the court...».

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