The library has a new catalog. It’s modern, it’s sleek and it’s fun to use. Learn more. Go to new catalog
Format:
DVD, Videorecording, Projected Medium, Visual Materials
Title:
Edition:
Widescreen format (aspect ratio 1.78:1).
Publisher, Date:
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2001]
Description:
1 videodisc (154 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
A member of the House of Lords dies in a shockingly silly way, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son is insane: he thinks he is Jesus Christ. He is "cured" of that affliction, only to become Jack the Ripper incarnate, blood thirsty Tory who is therefore sane and eminently acceptable to the House of Lords. An irreverant look at Britain's class system that peers behind the closed doors of the aristocracy.
Target Audience Note:
Not rated by MPAA.
Series:
Subjects:
Other Author:
Other Title:
Notes:
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1972.
Based on the play by Peter Barnes.
Special features include: Restored digital transfer ; commentary track with Peter O'Toole, Peter Medak, Peter Barnes ; Peter Medak's home movies from the making of the film ; publicity materials and production stills ; trailer.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Director of photography, Ken Hodges ; editor, Ray Lovejoy ; music, John Cameron.
Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Harry Andrews, Coral Browne, Michael Bryant, Nigel Green, William Mervyn, Carolyn Seymour, James Villiers.
DVD.
English language soundtrack.
ISBN:
1559409223
Publisher Number:
CC1575D
Other Number:
48217679
System Availability:
1
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
1
Control Number:
95326
Call Number:
DVD-AD COMEDY RULI
# Local items in:
1
# System items in:
1
Medium:
[DVD videorecording]
Find It
Notes / Track List
An institutionalized schizophrenic with a Messiah complex inherits the position of an English Earl in this cutting satire of British society, based on a play by Peter Barnes. The film's irreverent tone is established with the disturbingly hilarious death of the thirteenth Earl of Gurney during a bizarre attempt at auto-erotic asphyxiation. To the dismay of the earl's family, the title passes to his son Jack (Peter O'Toole), who has been locked away for eight years after claiming to be the second coming of Jesus Christ. Mad but harmless, Jack is released to assume his seat. However, his embrace of Christianity proves incompatible with a position of power in "normal" society, where peace and love are considered serious weaknesses, and a somewhat unhinged psychiatrist is called to help him adjust. Meanwhile, Jack's scheming uncle, Sir Charles (William Mervyn), works on developing a complex scheme to trick Jack out of his position. Loaded with idiosyncratic touches from eccentric camera angles to unexpected outbursts of song, the film creates an experience nearly as inspired and mad as O'Toole's brilliantly hilarious central performance. The film's devilish invention may at times seem overloaded, but most drawbacks are redeemed by the sharpness of the satire, particularly during the memorably disturbing finale. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
Large Cover Image
Librarian's View
DVD
2001

Add to My List