Laughter in the Dark (film)
|Laughter in the Dark|
|Directed by||Tony Richardson|
|Produced by||Neil Hartley
|Written by||Vladimir Nabokov (based on his novel)|
|Editing by||Charles Rees|
|Studio||Woodfall Film Productions|
|Distributed by||United Artists (UK)
Lopert Pictures Corporation (USA)
|Running time||104 minutes|
Laughter in the Dark (French: La Chambre obscure) is a 1969 French-British drama film directed by Tony Richardson and starring Nicol Williamson and Anna Karina. It is based on the novel of the same name by Vladimir Nabokov. Nicol Williamson was brought in as a very late replacement for Richard Burton, who had already shot several scenes. The director, Tony Richardson, found Burton's lack of punctuality intolerable.
- Nicol Williamson as Sir Edward More
- Anna Karina as Margot
- Jean-Claude Drouot as Herve Tourace
- Peter Bowles as Paul
- Siân Phillips as Lady Elizabeth More
- Sebastian Breaks as Brian
- Kate O'Toole as Amelia More
- Edward Gardner as Driver
- Sheila Burrell as Miss Porly
- Willoughby Goddard as Colonel
- Basil Dignam as Dealer
- Philippa Urquhart as Philippa
- Helen Booth as Maid
- Tino Balio, United Artists: The Company The Changed the Film Industry, Uni of Wisconsin Press, 1987 p 246
- Weiler, A. H. "NY Times.com: Laughter in the Dark". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
- Walker p.298-299
- Richardson, pp. 213-5. Richardson had directed Williamson in A Midsummer Night's Dream on stage and was planning to cast him as Hamlet. A famously turbulent and unpredictable actor himself, Richardson obviously saw him as a better bet than Burton. To recruit him in a hurry, Richardson sent a search party to comb the bars and bistros of the Cote d'Azur.
- Walker, Alexander (1997). Elizabeth: The Life of Elizabeth Taylor. Grove Press. ISBN 978-0802137692.
- Richardson, Tony (1993). Long Distance Runner - A memoir. London: Faber & Faber. ISBN 0-571-16852-3.
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