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Murder in the Cathedral (1951)

Approved | | Drama | 25 March 1952 (USA)
The tape version, if one exists, may be 114 minutes but the film, on original release, ran the same 140 minutes in the USA as it did in England. It is an experimental transposition of the ... See full summary »

Director:

George Hoellering

Writers:

T.S. Eliot (play), T.S. Eliot (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Groser John Groser ... Thomas a Becket (as Father John Groser)
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ... Priest
Clement McCallin Clement McCallin ... Priest
Michael Groser Michael Groser ... Priest
David Ward ... 1st Tempter
George Woodbridge ... 2nd Tempter
Basil Burton Basil Burton ... 3rd Tempter
T.S. Eliot ... 4th Tempter (voice)
Mark Dignam ... First Knight
Michael Aldridge ... Second Knight
Leo McKern ... Third Knight
Paul Rogers ... Fourth Knight
Niall MacGinnis ... Herald
William Patrick William Patrick ... Archbishop's Knight
Paul Hansard Paul Hansard ... Peasant
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The tape version, if one exists, may be 114 minutes but the film, on original release, ran the same 140 minutes in the USA as it did in England. It is an experimental transposition of the Eliot play to the screen and, as such, and Eliot a poet, the film deals more with sound and meaning than it does film movement, i.e., static shots with voice overs. It is the story of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, and his struggles against temptation and personal vanity prior to his murder in the great Cathedral. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Knights, played by Mark Dignam, Michael Aldridge, Leo McKern, and Paul Rogers appeared by permission of the Old Vic Theatre Co. See more »

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Not that bad
25 February 2020 | by philiposlatinakisSee all my reviews

This is a film of a play and resembles Greek classical theater in its format. Some of the dialogue from the chorus is a bit wishy-washy and goes on too long. There are a few silly moments that don't work. Most of Beckets dialogue was interesting. Too be honest I'd have too see it again to get what it was about, though the historical narrative just about exists and is interesting. However, filmically, it leaves a lot to be desired. It's like a minimalist cross between Ingmar Bergman and Carl Dreyer. Static shots are held too long. Inserts of ponds and waves on the sea shore could have been done without. This sounds like I'm painting an unflattering picture, but it wasn't really that bad. Put it like this: If you love Carl Dreyer then you'll love this film.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assassinio nella cattedrale See more »

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Production Co:

Film Traders Ltd. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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