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)|
|Edited by||Charles Rees|
|Distributed by||United Artists (UK)|
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.
For the film, the story’s setting was changed from nineteen-thirties Berlin to the swinging London of the sixties. The film drew respectable reviews, but for reasons that are unclear, it was subsequently removed from distribution. The film has only twice been shown on British television, (in 1974 and 1981 on BBC2), and has not been released on video or DVD. Laszlo Papas was slated to direct a 1986 remake of the film which would have starred Mick Jagger as Axel Rex and Rebecca De Mornay as the young seductress; De Mornay was replaced by Maryam d'Abo after disagreements with the director, but ultimately the project went nowhere and the film was never made.
- 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 That Changed the Film Industry, University 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.
- Colapinto, John (January 2, 2015). "Nabokov and the Movies". newyorker.com. The New Yorker. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
- 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.