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Butley [1976] [DVD]

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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000CCQ9QA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,198 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Official Australian Release DVD / Region: 0 Pal / RARE OUT OF PRINT TITLE / On any given day Ben Butley, a self-made train wreck of a n English literature professor at a London University, can shrug off everyone and everything with equal ease. But today, the disaster of Butley's proudly misspent life threatens to dwarf even his cynically fatalistic non-expectations. Arriving at his cramped cave of an office, Butley is informed that his adored prot+ªg+ª is moving in with another man, his estranged wife is re-marrying and his seemingly untalented colleague has been published ahead of him. As embodied by Alan Bates, Butley falls back on the surgically precise wit and savage eloquence that helped put him in his current circumstance in the first place. The blitzkrieg of vitriolic commentary with which Butley engages lovers, students, rivals and allies, all with equal ferocity, becomes a glass bottom boat illuminating the churning depths of his bankrupted soul. Acclaimed playwright Harold Pinter, in what Time Magazine hailed as "a quite superior directorial debut," turns another Simon Gray's single-set, dialogue driven stage play into an irresistible dynamic visual experience that tracks Bates' hilarious and fearless performance with cunning precision. Bates and an expert support cast, including Oscar winner Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy), joust with a sly, self-referencing wit and an unselfconscious exuberance that is breathtaking. With every verbal parry and valedictory flourish of world play, Butley's life becomes more of an inescapable bear-trap of thwarted ambition, clandestine affection and squandered brilliance.


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