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Under the Volcano (1984)

R | | Drama | 13 June 1984 (USA)
The last 24 hours in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a lonely, depressed English consul who retreats to alcohol for solace.

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Araceli Ladewuen Castelun ...
Maria
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Diosdado (as Emilio Fernandez)
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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 <eric_wees@ccmail.chin.doc.ca>

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No se puede vivir sin amar. (One cannot live without love.)

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Bajo el volcán  »

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The picture marked a return to filming in Mexico for director John Huston who had previously shot the classic Humphrey Bogart movie The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) there as well as The Night of the Iguana (1964), cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa having lensed the latter as well as this movie See more »

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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 »

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Hugh Firmin: Geoff, what possess you?
Geoffrey Firmin: Sobriety, I'm afraid. Too much moderation. I need drink desperatly to get my balance on.
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Referenced in Baja (1995) See more »

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A strong adaptation of an extremely complex novel.
10 June 1999 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Under The Volcano was originally a complex novel written by real-life alcoholic Malcolm Lowry. Film director John Huston also had a passing acquaintanceship with the bottle and a sensibility for grasping the dark, mystical side of Mexican culture. This all adds up to potent cinematic symbolic imagery underlining terrific performances from Finney, Bissett and Andrews. 8 stars


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