Under the Volcano Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano

John Huston

 
Under the Volcano (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1984
  • 112 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
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  • Spine #410

Under the Volcano follows the final day in the life of self-destructive British consul Geoffrey Firmin (Albert Finney, in an Oscar-nominated tour de force) on the eve of World War II. Withering from alcoholism, Firmin stumbles through a small Mexican village amidst the Day of the Dead fiesta, attempting to reconnect with his estranged wife (Jacqueline Bisset) but only further alienating himself. John Huston’s ambitious tackling of Malcolm Lowry’s towering “unadaptable” novel gave the incomparable Finney one of his grandest roles and was the legendary The Treasure of the Sierra Madre director’s triumphant return to filmmaking in Mexico.

Cast

Geoffrey Firmin Albert Finney
Yvonne FirminJacqueline Bisset
Hugh Firmin Anthony Andrews
Dr. VigilIgnacio Lopez Tarzo
Senora Gregoria Katy Jurado
BritJames Villiers
QuinceyDawson Bray
BustamanteCarlos Riquelme
DwarfRene Ruiz (Tun Tun)

Credits

DirectorJohn Huston
ProducerMoritz Borman and Wieland-Schulz Keil
ScreenplayGuy Gallo
Executive producerMichael Fitzgerald
MusicAlex North
EditingRoberto Silvi
Production designGunther Gerzso
CinematographyGabriel Figueroa
Production supervisorTom Shaw

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by film editor Roberto Silvi
  • Audio commentary featuring executive producer Michael Fitzgerald and producers Wieland Schulz-Keil and Moritz Borman
  • Theatrical trailers
  • New video interview with Jacqueline Bisset
  • New audio interview with screenwriter Guy Gallo
  • 1984 audio interview with John Huston conducted by French film critic Michel Ciment
  • Notes from “Under the Volcano” (1984), a 59-minute documentary by Gary Conklin shot on the set during the film’s production, featuring interviews with Huston, cast, and crew
  • Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry (1976), filmmaker Donald Brittain’s 99-minute, Academy Award–nominated documentary, narrated by Richard Burton, examining the connections between Under the Volcano author Malcolm Lowry’s life and that of his novel’s main character
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Christian Viviani

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

Wise Blood: A Matter of Life and Death

By Francine Prose May 11, 2009

Novelists learn not to expect too much when their books are made into movies. Obviously, great fiction has been turned into great cinema, but the dents and scrapes that so many classics have . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Under the Volcano: Before the Stillness

By Christian Viviani October 22, 2007

Under the Volcano, made in 1984, is the thirty-fourth of thirty-six feature films in a body of work that began in 1941 with The Maltese Falcon. Already ill but brimming with vitality, John . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Wise Blood: A Matter of Life and Death

By Francine Prose May 11, 2009

Novelists learn not to expect too much when their books are made into movies. Obviously, great fiction has been turned into great cinema, but the dents and scrapes that so many classics have . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Under the Volcano: Before the Stillness

By Christian Viviani October 22, 2007

Under the Volcano, made in 1984, is the thirty-fourth of thirty-six feature films in a body of work that began in 1941 with The Maltese Falcon. Already ill but brimming with vitality, John . . . Read more »