The Confessions of Amans (film)
|The Confessions of Amans|
|Directed by||Gregory Nava|
|Produced by||Anna Thomas
|Written by||Gregory Nava
|Edited by||Gregory Nava|
|Distributed by||American Film Institute
|Running time||88 minutes|
The picture was partly funded by the American Film Institute.
Soon, the newly employed teacher tragically falls in love with his student.
The film was produced in Spain and made on an estimated shoestring budget of $24,000 according to Roger Ebert. Nava used English stage performers for a cast. Nava and Thomas, in order to save money, used costumes and props left over from Samuel Bronston's El Cid said Vincent Canby. Film locations include castles of ancient Segovia, Spain.
- William Bryan as Amans
- Michael St. John as Absalom
- Susannah MacMillan as Anne
- Leon Liberman as Arnolfo
- Feliciano Ituero Bravo as Nicholas
- Stephen Bateman as Landlord
Vincent Canby, film critic for The New York Times liked the film and wrote, "The Confessions of Amans was a very beautiful film, though not an especially pretty one, a chilly, tightly disciplined tale of the tragic love affair of a young philosophy tutor and the wife of the lord of the manor. Like the great Robert Bresson, Mr. Nava appeared to be less interested in the heat of the passion of the lovers than in the succession of moral choices their passion represented."
In addition, an unsigned film review written for The New York Times wrote, "[the movie] is a beautiful, muted film of the kind that takes some getting used to. People seldom raise their voices or lose control of themselves. Passion is expressed discreetly in glances or in the holding of hands."
- Chicago International Film Festival: Gold Hugo Award, Best First Feature Award, 1976.