The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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Although this voyage into self-destruction won't be to the taste of many, there will be few unmoved by Finney's towering performance as the tragic Britisher.
Not for the purists, maybe, but the last half-hour, as Firmin plunges ever deeper into his self-created hell, leaves one shell-shocked.
The movie belongs to Finney, but mention must be made of Jacqueline Bisset as his wife and Anthony Andrews as his half-brother.
Daring as it is to have brought Under the Volcano to the screen in this faithful but incomplete form, Mr. Huston has done so without making compromises in the process.
As the tortured consul, Albert Finney has moments of technical brilliance, but Huston's direction gives him no inner life.
Succeeds in capturing the novel's sense of doom and gets a tour de force performance from Albert Finney.
John Huston's version of Malcolm Lowry's dense, poetic unfilmable book is ambitious but only semi-effective in conveying this cult novel's tone; it's ultimately saved by the towering performance of Albert Finney as the alcoholic self-destructive consul
The result is very much worth the wait, bringing to life the mysticism of Mexico with a superb script by Guy Gallo, exquisite photography, and the unparalleled performance by Finney.
Captures and conveys the hot music of what some literary critics have called the greatest religious novel of the twentieth century
A supremely difficult book becomes an easy film, and struggles hard to find a reason to exist.
A bitter portrayal by Albert Finney of a man on the road to destruction. It is off the wall and bends reality sufficiently to off put many a viewer.
while this is often compared to 'night of the iguana' i found it a much more fulfilling experience. huston was 78 when he made this and proves he still had it in him for a project he cared about. one of the few films that gets mexico right. a decent adaptation of a so-called unfilmable novel, a showcase for albert finney as a last stage alcoholic, and one of jacqueline bissett's best performances too. bravo!
Director John Huston's fascinating character study of a self-destructive alcoholic former British diplomat named Geoffery Firmin, played by Albert Finney in a devastating tour-de-force performance that deservedly earn him an Oscar nomination. The story unfolds in a small Mexican village during the Day of the Dead festivities in the late 1930s, it concerns the last 24-hours of the tortured Firmin's life, who is drinking himself to death. He is so guilt ridden over the past and his lost relationship with his lovely estranged wife, wonderfully played by the beautiful Jacqueline Bisset, who he still yearns for. She has returned in the hopes of healing their broken marriage, but he cannot forgive her for her affair with his half-brother nicely played by Anthony Andrew. This is a Intelligent, but downbeat film that rely's entirely on Finney's amazing portrayal of the late stages of alcoholism, which by itself is staggering, he captures the physical mannerisms and emotionalism of a hopeless drunk, his depiction of this is truly unforgettable. Impressively directed by the late great John Huston, with superlative photography by Gariel Figueroa, based on the famous novel by Malcolm Lowry. Highly Recommended.
"That's the way to contend with the grim reaper, offering him a drink and a dance..."
Finney, what a performance.
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