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Robert Harris

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Every time I see, or think about The Night of the Iguana, it takes me back to the summer of 1964, when one of my low-end jobs was going the myriad of telexes between NY and Puerto Vallarta, and categorizing them per budget line. Off and on, weeks of telexes.

After sampling the film again after aeons, some thoughts return.

Mr. Huston was a superb filmmaker, and Iguana, based upon the play by Tennessee Williams, was not a simply entity to bring to the screen.

Shot in beautiful black & white - Mr. Huston had used it before - by Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, who trained under Gregg Toland.


The cast includes Richard Burton (Miss Taylor was on location), Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr and Sue Lyon - an eclectic group of actors - and every one leaves an impression as they cast about the de-frocked minister giving tours in Mexico. Mr. Burton is superb!

Warner Archive's new Blu-ray is a huge improvement over the old DVD, and appears much like a 35mm print in projection.

Wonderful film. Beautiful release.

Be on the lookout for actor/director Emilio Fernandez, who most will recall from The Wild Bunch.

Image – 5

Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Yes

Works up-rezzed to 4k - Yes

Highly Recommended

RAH



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Never seen this, but the wonderful Grayson Hall (best known as Julia Hoffman from the soap opera "Dark Shadows") received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role in this
 

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I remember seeing this as a child in a theatre so I grew up with the image of Ava Gardner in the roll of the inn keeper Maxine. It wasn’t until I was much older that I discovered that Bette Davis originated the role on Broadway. I still can’t wrap my head around her in that roll!
 

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And a 44 year old Marsha Mason played the part of Maxine in the 1996 Broadway revival. I have never seen the film, so reading how well this blu-ray came out makes this essential viewing for me.
 

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One of Burtons best and a film that deserves more attention. Another John Huston film I can add to my collection on bluray.
 

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The blu ray just arrived. I can’t wait to watch it tonight!
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I see you customized the cover. That's the poster which got me to see the film at the Paramount--traveling all the way from 167th and Sherman in the Bronx--in 1964.
The awful cover art for the new blu ray... I wish I had the original poster.

I wish WA could have used the rare original one sheet
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I think I'd rather see something more contemporary. Maybe to pique the interest of those who haven't seen or heard of the movie before. Ava....



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I see you customized the cover. That's the poster which got me to see the film at the Paramount--traveling all the way from 167th and Sherman in the Bronx--in 1964.
I have family up in that neck of the woods. 161st Street - Yankee Stadium area. :thumbsup:
 

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In the Richard Burton (massive) biography "And God Created Burton" by Tom Rubython (a great read), Mr Rubython writes that John Huston was staggered at the amount that Burton drank (& he was quite a drinker himself), & Ava Gardner said: "I thought I drank a lot, & I thought John (Huston) drank a lot, but Richard Burton drank more than anyone I ever knew".
 

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The book HELLRAISERS by Robert Sellers has some incredible descriptions of Burton's and others' ability to put it away.
 

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I have family up in that neck of the woods. 161st Street - Yankee Stadium area. :thumbsup:
My great aunt and uncles used to live there. I had relatives on Fordham Road too. All gone now, unfortunately. But those were good times. And yes, it was a five minute walk from Yankee Stadium. As a twelve year old, I thought it was paradise.
 

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