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Mister Johnson

Bruce Beresford

 
Mister Johnson (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1990
  • 101 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #774

A decade after he broke through with Breaker Morant, Australian director Bruce Beresford made another acclaimed film about the effects of colonialism on the individual. In a performance that earned him the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear for best actor, Maynard Eziashi plays the title character, a Nigerian villager eager to work as a civil servant for the British authorities, including a sympathetic district officer (Pierce Brosnan), in the hope that it will benefit him in the future. Instead, his ambition leads to his tragic downfall. Mister Johnson, based on the 1939 novel by Joyce Cary, is a graceful, heartfelt drama about the limits of idealism, affectingly acted and handsomely shot.

Credits

DirectorBruce Beresford
Produced byMichael Fitzgerald
ScreenplayWilliam Boyd
Based upon the novel byJoyce Cary
Director of photographyPeter James
CoproducerPenelope Glass
Executive producerBill Benenson
Edited byHumphrey Dixon
MusicGeorges Delerue
Costume designerRosemary Burrows
Production executiveEva Monley
Assistant directorGuy Travers
Production designHerbert Pinter

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Bruce Beresford, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with Beresford, producer Michael Fitzgerald, and actors Maynard Eziashi and Pierce Brosnan
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard

    New cover by Sean Phillips

Film Essays

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Mister Johnson: Off the Beaten Track

By Neil Sinyard September 24, 2015

Bruce Beresford critiques the British colonialist era in this precise, layered adaptation of a 1939 novel by Joyce Cary. Read more »

Film Essays

Mister_johnson_thumbnail

Mister Johnson: Off the Beaten Track

By Neil Sinyard September 24, 2015

Bruce Beresford critiques the British colonialist era in this precise, layered adaptation of a 1939 novel by Joyce Cary. Read more »


Behind the Scenes


Clippings

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Talking to Bruce Beresford

September 21, 2015

This week, veteran director Bruce Beresford joins the collection with Breaker Morant and Mister Johnson, two early twentieth-century period pieces about colonialism and its destructive legacies. . . . Read more »

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