Ely Landau's ambitious 1973 project, The American Film Theatre, returns this summer to New York's Walter Reade Theater.
From July 26 through Aug. 1, six highlights of the American Film Theatre will be screened at New York's Walter Reade Theater on West 65th Street. The American Film Theatre was an attempt to bring the best of contemporary drama to the masses. Landau used the finest directors and actors available at the time to film classic Broadway plays, and six of these works are now returning to the big screen thanks to The Film Society of Lincoln Center.
The series includes these six titles: The Homecoming, directed by Sir Peter Hall; Luther, directed by Guy Green; The Man in the Glass Booth, directed by Arthur Hiller; The Iceman Cometh, directed by John Frankenheimer; A Delicate Balance, directed by Tony Richardson; and Galileo, directed by Joseph Losey.
Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, which stars Cyril Cusack, Ian Holm, Michael Jayston, Vivient Merchant, Terency Rigby and Paul Rogers, will be shown on July 26 at 1 and 9:30 PM, July 28 at 4 PM and July 29 at 9 PM. About this classic film Atom Egoyan remarked, "I often find myself seeking solace from this film. Its poetry and twisted sense of compassion and humor have assuaged many moments of despair and confusion. Other people have religion. I have my copy of The Homecoming."
In Luther, based on John Osborne's play, Stacy Keach portrays the sixteenth-century Augustinian Monk, Martin Luther, whose protests against the Roman Church began what is now called the Reformation. Luther will be screened on July 26 at 3:30 PM, July 27 at 6 PM and July 29 at 4 PM. Maximilian Schell was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in The Man in the Glass Booth, which concerns a Jewish businessman who is abducted by Israeli agents and then accused of being a Nazi. Adapted from Robert Shaw's play, the film also stars Lois Nettleson, Luther Adler and Lawrence Pressman and will be seen on July 26 at 6:15 PM, July 27 at 8:30 PM and July 29 at 6:30 PM.
Eugene O'Neill's classic, soul-stirring play The Iceman Cometh was brought to the screen with a stellar cast: Lee Marvin (Hickey), Bradford Dillman (Willie), Jeff Bridges (Parritt), Fredric March (Harry Hope) and Robert Ryan (Larrry). Cometh can be seen at the Walter Reade Theater on July 27 at 1 PM and July 28 at 6:30 PM.
Katharine Hepburn and Paul Scofield portray, respectively, Agnes and Tobias in the adaptation of Edward Albee's 1966 play. Joseph Cotten, Betsy Blair, Lee Remick and Kate Reid co-star in A Delicate Balance, which can be viewed on July 28 at 1 PM, July 30 at 8 PM, July 31 at 5 PM and Aug. 1 at 8 PM.
Bertolt Brecht's Galileo, which premiered on Broadway in 1947 starring Charles Laughton, was brought to the screen by Joseph Losey. Among the cast were Topol, Edward Fox, Michel Lonsdale, John Gielgud, John McEnery and Tom Conti. The 145-minute work can be seen on July 30 at 5 PM, July 31 at 8 PM and Aug. 1 at 5 PM.
The Walter Reade Theater is located at 165 West 65th Street, plaza level. Ticket prices for these classic films are $9.50 for adults, $5 for Film Society Members and $5 for children. Tickets are available by calling (212) 496-3809 or by going on-line to www.filmlinc.com.
—By Andrew Gans