|aThe pumpkin eater|h[videorecording] /|cColumbia Pictures ; Royal Films International presents a Romulus-Jack Clayton production ; screenplay by Harold Pinter ; produced by James Woolf ; directed by Jack Clayton.
|aCulver City, Calif. :|bSony Pictures Home Entertainment,|cc2010.
|a1 videodisc (110 min.) :|bsd., b&w ;|c4 3/4 in.
|aBased on the novel by Penelope Mortimer.
|aOriginally produced as a motion picture in 1964.
|aThis disc is a DVD-R and may fail to play on some DVD players or drives.
|aDirector of photography, Oswald Morris ; editor, James Clark ; music, Georges Delerue.
|aAnne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Richard Johnson, Eric Porter.
|aAnne Bancroft's cathartic lead performance anchors The Pumpkin Eater, Harold Pinter's harrowing, elliptical tale of marital dissatisfaction. Though much of the film concerns her character's fitful bouts with depression, Bancroft charges every moment she's onscreen, employing an array of subtle gestures and facial expressions to convey what her repressed character cannot. Pinter and director Jack Clayton never resort to facile satire or pat assignations of blame; instead, the film charts the slow, irreversible manner in which a chasm can grow between husband and wife. As Bancroft's callous husband, Peter Finch perfectly conveys the subtle, damaging hypocrisies that eventually break his wife's spirit. James Mason has a particularly memorable supporting role as a vitriolic, passive-aggressive acquaintance of the couple.