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Murder in the Cathedral

Synopsis
T.S. Eliot’s verse drama recounting the complex relationship between twelfth-century British monarch Henry ll and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. Featuring a cast of mainly non-professional actors, the voice of Eliot himself, and music by Làszló Lajtha. Special features: All films remastered in 2K. Alternative festival cut (139 mins, black and white, Blu-ray exclusive): longer version of MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL, containing alternative and additional sequences. Alternative and deleted sequences (black and white, DVD only, 50 mins): footage from the longer festival cut of MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL. MESSAGE FROM CANTERBURY (George Hoellering, 1944, 24 mins): documentary short in which the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr William Temple delivers his sermon. SHAPES AND FORMS (George Hoellering, 1950, 21 mins): an expressive film in which examples of primitive and modern art are juxtaposed to reveal correspondences. GLASGOW ORPHEUS CHOIR (George Hoellering, 1951, 13 mins): short made after the announcement of the retirement of the choir’s conductor, Sir Hugh Roberton. Illustrated booklet with essays by Andrew Hoellering and András Szekfü, and full film credits.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2015
Year of production
1952
Notes
Dual format edition with Blu-ray.
Documentation
Reviewed by Kevin Jackson in Sight & Sound (vol. 26, no. 1, January 2016 p. 97).
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama in English

Credits

Director
George Hoellering
Producer
George Hoellering
Writer
T.S. Eliot
Screenplay
George Hoellering

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
114 minutes
Year
2015

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
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