Hotel du Lac (film)

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The BBC adaptation of Hotel du Lac released on DVD

Hotel du Lac is a screenplay version of the Booker prize-winning novel by Anita Brookner. It stars Anna Massey and Denholm Elliott and was released in 1986 as an episode of the BBC's "Screen Two" series.

Production history[edit]

The screenplay aired in the UK on 2 March 1986. It was directed by Giles Foster, produced by Sue Birtwistle with music by Carl Davis and cinematography by Kenneth MacMillan. It was filmed at the Park Hotel, Vitznau on Lake Lucerne.


The televised play stars Anna Massey as Edith Hope and Denholm Elliottt as Philip Neville with Googie Withers, Julia McKenzie, Patricia Hodge, Irene Handl and Barry Foster.


The TV play was nominated for nine BAFTA Awards and won three for Best Actress (Anna Massey), Best Film Editor (Dick Allen) and Best Single Drama (Sue Birtwistle and Giles Foster). One review pointed out that while there were some significant differences from the original book, the adaptation 'does, finally, capture the spirit of the novel.'[1]


  1. ^ O'Connor, John (18 October 1986). "TV: 'HOTEL DU LAC' BEING OFFERED ON CABLE". New York Times. Retrieved 1 May 2015.