A Master Builder A Master Builder

A Master Builder

Jonathan Demme

 
A Master Builder (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

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  • United States
  • 2014
  • 127 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #762

Twenty years after their brilliant cinema-theater experiment Vanya on 42nd Street, Wallace Shawn and André Gregory reunited to produce another idiosyncratic film version of a classic play, this time Henrik Ibsen’s Bygmester Solness (Master Builder Solness). Brought pristinely to the screen by Jonathan Demme, this compellingly abstract reimagining features Shawn (who also wrote the adaptation) as a visionary but tyrannical middle-aged architect haunted by figures from his past, most acutely an attractive, vivacious young woman (the breathtaking newcomer Lisa Joyce) who has appeared on his doorstep. Also featuring standout supporting performances by Julie Hagerty, Larry Pine, and Gregory, A Master Builder, like Vanya, is the result of many years of rehearsals, a living, breathing, constantly shifting work that unites theater, film, and dream.

Cast

Halvard SolnessWallace Shawn
Aline SolnessJulie Hagerty
Hilde Wangel Lisa Joyce
Dr. HerdalLarry Pine
Knut BrovikAndré Gregory
Kaia FosliEmily Cass McDonnell
Ragnar BrovikJeff Biehl
Nurse NoraJoanna Howard
NursesWinsome Brown
Marjorie Graham
Sheilagh Weymouth

Credits

DirectorJonathan Demme
Executive producersRonald M. Bozman, Beau Willimon, Jordan Tappis, Declan Quinn and Scott Griffin
Co-executive producersCaroline Baron, Anthony Weintraub, Annette Solakoglu and Kemal Solakoglu
Produced byRocco Caruso, André Gregory and Wallace Shawn
Based on the play “Master Builder Solness” byHenrik Ibsen
Translated byWallace Shawn
Created for the stage byAndré Gregory
ScreenplayWallace Shawn
Director of photographyDeclan Quinn
Film editorTim Squyres
Production designerEugene Lee
CostumesDona Granata
MusicZafer Tawil, Thom O’Connor and Suzana Peric

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • High-definition digital master, supervised by director of photography Declan Quinn, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with director Jonathan Demme, stage director–actor André Gregory, and writer-actor Wallace Shawn, conducted by film critic David Edelstein
  • New conversation between actors Julie Hagerty and Lisa Joyce
  • New program featuring Gregory, Shawn, and their friend the author Fran Lebowitz in conversation
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Sragow

    New cover by Riccardo Vecchio

Film Essays

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A Master Builder: Ibsen in Nyack

By Michael Sragow June 17, 2015

From a shrewd adaptation by André Gregory and Wallace Shawn, Jonathan Demme fashions a visually inventive dreamscape out of an Ibsen classic. Read more »

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Film Essays

Master_builder_thumbnail

A Master Builder: Ibsen in Nyack

By Michael Sragow June 17, 2015

From a shrewd adaptation by André Gregory and Wallace Shawn, Jonathan Demme fashions a visually inventive dreamscape out of an Ibsen classic. Read more »


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