"With that classic sense of the romantic that he has always had, John Huston sets the stops of fate." THE WORLD
On the eve of November 1, 1938,night fell on Cuernavaca and the animation is already lively in the streets where the Day of the Dead is being prepared. Geoffrey Firmin, ex-British consul, wanders among the crowd, dead drunk, to forget the departure of his wife Yvonne. Drenched in alcohol and eaten away by the past, he became a notorious tragic figure. But, in the early morning, Yvonne reappears without warning...
Transposition of the cult novel and long considered unsuitable by Malcolm Lowry, Below the volcano is an irreversible and sticky dive into the despair of a man destroyed by alcohol. Masterfully embodied by Albert Finney ( Voyage à deux ) and set in magnificent natural settings, this poignant work also describes the swan song of the mythical hero. Raw and haunting, Under the Volcano is one of John Huston's latest masterpieces, available for the first time on Blu-ray™.
BELOW THE VOLCANO by John Huston (1984 – Colors – 112 mins) New HD Restoration
Available on Blu-ray. SUPPLEMENTS
.PREFACE BY PATRICK BRION
. CONVERSATION WITH JOHN HUSTON (19 mins) A period audio interview – put into images – between the director John Huston and the publishing director of the magazinePositif, Michel Ciment.
. "BELOW THE VOLCANO": LUCID DRUNK (22 mins) Serge Chauvin, translator, film critic and lecturer in American literature and cinema at the University of Paris-X Nanterre, evokes Huston's personal appropriation of Malcolm Lowry's novel by giving the hero a tragic dimension which places him among the most fatally lucid "Hustonian" characters.
. NOTES ON "BELOW THE VOLCANO" (1984 – Colors – 59 mn) An exceptional documentary where director Gary Conklin captures the work of John Huston on the set of the film.
BD 50 • HIGH DEFINITION MASTER • 1080/23.98p • AVC ENCODING Original Version / French Version DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 French Subtitles • 1.85 format respected • Colors • Film length: 112 mins