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Comfort of Strangers, The

Synopsis
Mary (Natasha Richardson) and Colin (Rupert Everett) attempt to reinvigorate their flagging relationship with a romantic trip to Venice. Soon though, they find themselves drawn into a complex web of deceit, passion, perversion and sexual intrigue, subtly spun by mysterious Robert (Christopher Walken), who resides nearby in palatial splendour with his wife Caroline (Helen Mirren).
Adapted from Ian McEwan’s haunting novel by famed playwright Harold Pinter.
Extras:
-Audio commentary by director Paul Schrader, newly recorded for this release.
-Prospectus for a Course Not Given: The Paul Schrader Film Masterclass (1982, 100 mins, audio only): Paul Schrader provides an illuminating precis of the film course he had recently presented in America.
-Paul Schrader Guardian Interview (1993, 85 mins, audio only): the director discusses films and filmmaking with critic Derek Malcolm.
-Venice in War Time (1918, 1 min), The Glass Makers of Murano, Venice (1928, 4 mins), City Lights (1963, 3 mins): fascinating glimpses of Venice in archive film.
T-heatrical trailer
-Illustrated booklet with full film credits and new writing by film historian Dr Deborah Allison, Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington and Little White Lies essayist Paul Fairclough.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
1990
Subjects
Film studies; Literature
Keywords
cinema - UK; film adaptations; romantic relationships

Credits

Director
Paul Schrader
Contributor
Harold Pinter

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£14.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
104 minutes
Year
2019

Distributor

Name

BFI Distribution

Email
bookings.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8938/8935
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1P 2LN
Notes
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