The Ballad of the Sad Café (film)

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The Ballad of the Sad Café
The Ballad of the Sad Café (film).jpg
Film poster
Directed by Simon Callow
Produced by Ismail Merchant
Written by Edward Albee
Michael Hirst
Carson McCullers
Starring Vanessa Redgrave
Music by Richard Robbins
Cinematography Walter Lassally
Release dates
  • February 1991 (1991-02)
Running time 100 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Ballad of the Sad Café is a 1991 Merchant Ivory film, produced by Ismail Merchant and directed by Simon Callow,[1] starring Vanessa Redgrave and Keith Carradine.[2] Michael Hirst adapted the Edward Albee play, which in turn was based on a novella in a collection of short stories of the same title by Carson McCullers. The film was entered into the 41st Berlin International Film Festival.[3]

The story's protagonist is a lonely moonshiner named Miss Amelia who dominates a small Georgia town. She changes in attitude and kindness as two men, Cousin Lymon (a small, hunchbacked man claiming to be Miss Amelia's cousin) and Marvin Macy (Miss Amelia's ex-husband) enter her life. Her general store becomes a center for culture and music, and The Sad Café itself becomes a symbol of Miss Amelia's disposition. Amid this plot, issues of work vs. pleasure, material vs. psychological health, and conflicting loyalties emerge. The short story is told in flashback—giving the reader, first, a look at the ruined café before describing its heyday and subsequent demise.

Cast[edit]

  • Vanessa Redgrave as Miss Amelia
  • Keith Carradine as Marvin Macy
  • Cork Hubbert as Cousin Lymon
  • Rod Steiger as Rev. Willin
  • Austin Pendleton as Lawyer Taylor
  • Beth Dixon as Mary Hale
  • Lanny Flaherty as Merlie Ryan
  • Mert Hatfield as Stumpy McPhail
  • Earl Hindman as Henry Macy
  • Anne Pitoniak as Mrs. McPhail
  • Frederick Johnson as Jeff
  • Lauri Raymond as Sadie Ricketts
  • Joe Stevens as Henry Ford Crimp (as Joe Stephens)
  • Keith Wommack as Tom Rainey
  • Kevin Wommack as George Rainey
  • Laura Burns as Molly Kelly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991)". NY Times. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1991 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 

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