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Laughter in the Dark

Fascinating attempt to transpose the Nabokov novel to the screen. Director Tony Richardson is able to capture the novel's pro- found human insights, and, as in Lolita, the compulsions and perversities that for Nabokov are the very stuff of the psyche.

Fascinating attempt to transpose the Nabokov novel to the screen. Director Tony Richardson is able to capture the novel’s pro- found human insights, and, as in Lolita, the compulsions and perversities that for Nabokov are the very stuff of the psyche.

The intricate story centers on a wealthy, titled young art dealer, Edward (Nicol Williamson) who is attracted to usherette Margot (Anna Karina), continues to return to the theatre and finally arranges to meet her.

Richardson’s direction ranges from brilliantly evocative to confusing. During some of the most humorous scenes one suspects Richardson is actually serious.

Williamson, who replaced Richard Burton in the lead role, is the perfect physical type and so good as to be almost difficult to watch. Both Karina and Drouot are also excellent.

Laughter in the Dark

UK - France

  • Production: Gershwin-Kastner/Marceau/Woodfall. Director Tony Richardson; Producer Neil Harley; Screenplay Edward Bond; Camera Dick Bush; Editor Charles Rees; Art Director Julia Oman
  • Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 101 MIN.
  • With: Nicol Williamson Anna Karina Jean-Claude Drouot Sheila Burrell Sian Phillips Kate O'Toole
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