The Entertainer (Blu-ray) BFI Ltd

$38.95

Adapted from a stage play by John Osborne and directed by Tony Richardson, The Entertainer is a brilliantly caustic portrait of ageing music-hall veteran Archie Rice. Laurence Olivier delivers one of his finest screen performances, with his portrayal of a man coming undone at the seams and revealing the emptiness inside.

Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Suez crisis, the identity of post-war Britain is transposed to the theatre stage, as a fatigued generation makes way for an energised youth, embodied by a supporting cast on the cusp of stardom – including Alan Bates, Joan Plowright and Albert Finney. The film went on to garner Olivier yet another Oscar nomination.

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Special Features

George Devine Memorial Play: The Entertainer – Sequence One (1966, 6 mins)
George Devine Memorial Play: The Entertainer – Sequence Two (1966, 5 mins)
O Dreamland (1953, 13 mins): one of the most personal of the Free Cinema films from director Lindsay Anderson (If.…, This Sporting Life)
7 short films by Mitchell & Kenyon (13 mins, 1900-1901): glimpses of life in the seaside town of Morecombe at the beginning of the twentieth century
Morecombe Carnival (1 min, 1929): Topical Budget film providing a gorgeous glimpse of the mirth and merriment of Morecombe Carnival, 1920s style
Lancashire Coast (1957, 15 mins): a film exploring the many contrasting attractions of the Lancashire coast
Stills gallery
Fully illustrated booklet with essays by Steven Hess and Vic Pratt and full film credits

Format

Bluray

Label

BFI