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
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The film, which is set in 1938, has many visual anachronisms. First, the green MG driven by the British expat is a 1950s model. Also, Albert Finney's sunglasses look very contemporary for the 1980s, when the film was shot, and do not resemble 1930s sunglasses at all. Many of the people in the crowd scenes also sport contemporary eyewear, makeup and hairstyles which didn't exist prior to WW II. See more »
The whole world will learn to laugh at the sight of stinking cadavers. Oh, ha! Ha! Ha! Bloody, ha! Ha! Ha!
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A strong adaptation of an extremely complex novel.
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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