The Confessions of Amans (film)

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The Confessions of Amans
Directed by Gregory Nava
Produced by Anna Thomas
Gregory Nava
Written by Gregory Nava
Anna Thomas
Starring William Bryan
Cinematography Gregory Nava
Edited by Gregory Nava
Distributed by American Film Institute
Bauer International
Release date
  • November 17, 1977 (1977-11-17) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $24,000

The Confessions of Amans is a 1977 American 16mm drama film directed by Gregory Nava and written by Nava and his then newly wed wife Anna Thomas.[1]

The picture was partly funded by the American Film Institute.


This costume drama, set in medieval Spain, is about an itinerant student of philosophy hired by an uneducated Lord to tutor his wife.

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.[2] 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


The Confessions of Amans was first presented in 1976 at the Chicago International Film Festival. Later in a limited release the film opened in New York, New York on November 17, 1977.


Critical response[edit]

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."[3]

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."[4]




  1. ^ The Confessions of Amans at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger. Chicago Sun-Times, August 1, 2004.
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent. The New York Times, film review, January 22, 1984.
  4. ^ The New York Times. "A Romance Of Medieval Spain," film review, November 18, 1977.

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