The Comfort of Strangers

The Comfort of Strangers

Director

  • Paul Schrader

Genre

  • DRAMA
  • ROMANCE
  • THRILLER

Running Time

  • 107 min.

Year of production

  • 1990

Status

  • Completed

Photograpy

  • Colour

Screening format

  • 4K
  • Prores

HD Available

  • Yes

Synopsis

A couple retreat to Venice to work on their relationship, but an encounter with a stranger leads them into a world of intrigue – where their darkest desires are in reach.

Adapting the acclaimed novel by Ian McEwan, playwright and screenwriter Harold Pinter lends his trademark unnerving dialogue and air of creeping menace to this spellbinding study of power, control, and the frighteningly thin line between pleasure and pain.

Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson are the prey, a beautiful British couple working on their relationship while on holiday in Venice; Christopher Walken and Helen Mirren are the hunters who draw them into the sinister web of their opulent, old-world palazzo. What plays out is an unsettling, sadomasochistic seduction imbued with an atmosphere of sumptuous dread by the elegantly gliding tracking shots of cinematographer Dante Spinotti, lush score by Angelo Badalamenti, and carefully controlled direction of Paul Schrader, who choreographs a mesmerizing pas de quatre of sustained erotic and emotional tension.

 


Cast

  • Christopher Walken
  • Rupert Everett
  • Natasha Richardson
  • Helen Mirren

Cinematography

  • Dante Spinotti

Editing

  • Bill Pankow

Costumes

  • Giorgio Armani

Original score

  • Angelo Badalamenti

Art director

  • Gianni Quaranta

Category

  • Feature Films
  • Classics

Country

  • ITALY
  • UNITED KINGDOM
  • UNITED STATES

Shooting Language

  • ENGLISH
  • ITALIAN

Screenplay

  • Harold Pinter
  • Ian McEwan (novel)

Producer

  • Angelo Rizzoli Jr.

Production Company

  • Erre Produzioni
  • Reteitalia
  • Sovereign Pictures
  • The Rank Organisation

Festival and Awards

  • Cannes Film Festival 1990
  • Venice Film Festival 1990
  • Locarno Film Festival 1990
  • Telluride Film Festival 1990

Photograpy

  • Colour

Screening format

  • 4K
  • Prores

HD Available

  • Yes
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