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The Ebony Tower (1984)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  6 February 1987 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Henry Breasley
David Williams
Diana, 'The Mouse'
Anne, 'The Freak'
Georgina Melville ...
Beth Williams
Yves Brainville ...
Denise Bailly ...
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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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The Toyah Willcox character Freak is seen reading a book which appears to be "The Ebony Tower" by John Fowles. See more »


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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Waste of Talent
5 September 2004 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

Boring, puerile tale of a young writer sent to interview a successful wealthy artist (Olivier) at his country estate in France. One of Olivier's more unfortunate films - he is hammy without the fun (not a patch on "Sleuth" or "Marathon Man"). As the "great" artist he gets to pontificate about art in running undergraduate monologues, which include every cliché about artists in film. This is not Olivier's fault, I fear, but Fowles', who likes to write about callow young men who learn the meaning of life from some great older man (e.g. "The Magus"). The scenery is stunning, as is Greta Scacchi - it must have been in her contract at this time that she had to drop her gear in every role (as in "White Mischief", which at least was heaps of fun). Watch for the straight-faced, but unintentionally hilarious recreation of Manet's "Breakfast on the Grass" with 80's pop star Toyah Wilcox. Could have been good if it had even a grain of wit or some real drama. For a film that explores similar territory - but brilliantly - try Alain Resnais' film "Providence". DUD.

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