Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic disrepair and obscurity in a small southern Mexican town in 1939. The Consul's self-destructive behaviour, perhaps a metaphor for a menaced civilization, is a source of perplexity and sadness to his nomadic, idealistic half-brother, Hugh, and his ex-wife, Yvonne, who has returned with hopes of healing Geoffrey and their broken marriage. Written by
Eric Wees <firstname.lastname@example.org>
No se puede vivir sin amar. (One cannot live without love.)
Did You Know?
This film was made and released about 37 years afters its source semi-autobiographical novel by Malcolm Lowry
was first published in 1947. The book was often said to have been unadaptable and unfilmable. Still, the novel was adapted to radio by Studio One in 1947. The first draft of the book was written in 1936, the second in 1939, the latter being rejected by four publishers. The third draft was written around 1941 and was rejected by twelve publishers. With a complete revision, a fourth draft was written in 1946 and the novel first published in 1947. Reportedly though, there was a version of the novel written in 1940 and this was first published in 1994 under the slightly different title of "The 1940 Under the Volcano". See more
The story takes place in 1939, but the car driven by James Villiers that almost hits Albert Finney as he is lying in the road is an MG-TF, which was manufactured between 1953 and 1956. See more
There is nothing more real than magic.