Under the Volcano (1984)
Director: John Huston
Writers: Malcolm Lowry (novel), Guy Gallo (screenplay)
Cinematography: Gabriel Figueroa
Stars: Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Andrews
On lead actor Albert Finney in this “Under the Volcano” film, director John Huston said:
“I think it’s the finest performance I have ever witnessed, let alone directed”.
Jacqueline Bisset and Albert Finney / Under the Volcano (Dir. John Huston, 1984)
Film Poster for John Huston’s Under The Volcano (1984)
Luis Bunuel had tried to get this set up around 1964-1965
with Laurence Olivier and Jeanne Moreau.
“On several occasions, both American and European producers have suggested that I tackle
a film version of Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano, a novel set in Cuernavaca. I’ve read
the book many times but cannot come up with a solution for the cinema. If you confine yourself
to the action, it’s hopelessly banal, because everything important takes place within the main
character, and how can inner conflicts be translated into effective images on a screen?
To date, I’ve read eight different screenplays, but not one of them seems convincing. Other directors
besides myself have been tempted by the beauty of the story, but so far no one has made the movie.”
John Huston’s film “Under the Volcano” in 1984