The Balcony (1963)



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This 1963 film from director Joseph Strick was adapted from the play of the same name by Jean Genet. The scene is a European brothel managed by Shelley Winters. Within the establishment's walls, customers can live out their fantasies: One man who would like to be a Bishop defiles a crucifix, another who wants to be a Judge flogs an under-dressed young "penitent", a third poses as a General, "riding" a prostitute dressed as a horse. Meanwhile, a revolution rages outside, and the country's genuine Bishop, Prelate, and General are killed--as is the Queen. To keep up appearances, Winters and her customers are ordered to impersonate the deceased powers-that-were. The supporting cast includes Ruby Dee, Lee Grant and Leonard Nimoy.


Critic Reviews for The Balcony

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Well acted by Shelley Winter and others, Jospeh Strick's version of Genet's faous play is only semi-effective in conveying the politics and allegory of the original text.

Mar 15, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Balcony


Strange, muddled film, very existential. The question would be, even with talented performers like Winters, Falk and Grant, who was film made for?

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