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The pumpkin eater

Author: Jack ClaytonJames WoolfHarold PinterAnne BancroftPeter FinchAll authors
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, ©2010.
Series: Columbia classics.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Anne Bancroft's cathartic lead performance anchors The Pumpkin Eater, Harold Pinter's harrowing, elliptical tale of marital dissatisfaction. Though much of the film concerns her character's fitful bouts with depression, Bancroft charges every moment she's onscreen, employing an array of subtle gestures and facial expressions to convey what her repressed character cannot. Pinter and director Jack Clayton never resort  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Drama
Films for the hearing impaired
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Clayton; James Woolf; Harold Pinter; Anne Bancroft; Peter Finch; James Mason; Penelope Mortimer; Royal Films International.; Romulus Films.; Columbia Pictures.; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)
OCLC Number: 711787765
Notes: Based on the novel by Penelope Mortimer.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1964.
Credits: Director of photography, Oswald Morris ; editor, James Clark ; music, Georges Delerue.
Cast: Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Richard Johnson, Eric Porter.
Target Audience: Rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Series Title: Columbia classics.
Responsibility: Columbia Pictures ; Royal Films International presents a Romulus-Jack Clayton production ; screenplay by Harold Pinter ; produced by James Woolf ; directed by Jack Clayton.

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Anne Bancroft's cathartic lead performance anchors The Pumpkin Eater, Harold Pinter's harrowing, elliptical tale of marital dissatisfaction. Though much of the film concerns her character's fitful bouts with depression, Bancroft charges every moment she's onscreen, employing an array of subtle gestures and facial expressions to convey what her repressed character cannot. Pinter and director Jack Clayton never resort to facile satire or pat assignations of blame; instead, the film charts the slow, irreversible manner in which a chasm can grow between husband and wife. As Bancroft's callous husband, Peter Finch perfectly conveys the subtle, damaging hypocrisies that eventually break his wife's spirit. James Mason has a particularly memorable supporting role as a vitriolic, passive-aggressive acquaintance of the couple.

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