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The Ebony Tower (1984)

A young artist goes to interview an older painter who lives in the south of France with two young women. He gets caught up in the painter's Bohemian lifestyle and begins examining his own ... See full summary »

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Henry Breasley
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David Williams
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Diana, 'The Mouse'
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Beth Williams
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A young artist goes to interview an older painter who lives in the south of France with two young women. He gets caught up in the painter's Bohemian lifestyle and begins examining his own attitudes towards life and art. Written by anonymous

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6 February 1987 (USA)  »

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The Toyah Willcox character Freak is seen reading a book which appears to be "The Ebony Tower" by John Fowles. See more »

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Henry Breasley: There was a young lady called Gloria who was had by Sir Gerald du Maurier, Jack Hilton, Jack Payne, Sir Gerald again, and the band of the Waldorf Astoria!
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Miscast but still worthwhile
25 November 2007 | by (Catalogne) – See all my reviews

This is an early TV-version of one of John Fowles' greatest stories, the first and longest in his collection of the same name from 1974. All highly recommended reading. And perhaps it belongs to a genre better read in retreat, than seen on any screen. Though the effort to make a film of it deserves attention, if not else just because of the archetypal abyss of the story.

The main drawback is that Olivier is terribly miscast. The great ham is no ailing but still dangerously masculine and sharp old Man, as the painter Henry Breasley is supposed to be. Someone like Richard Harris might have been a more congenial choice for the role. And even Roger Rees seems somewhat too anemic here. While Greta Scacchi is pretty perfect. I'd buy it on DVD anytime, if it was available by itself and not just as a bonus in an Olivier collection..


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