Under the Volcano (film)
|Under the Volcano|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Huston|
|Written by||Guy Gallo|
|Based on||Under the Volcano|
by Malcolm Lowry
|Music by||Alex North|
Under the Volcano is a 1984 film directed by John Huston, written by Guy Gallo, and starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Andrews, and Katy Jurado. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Albert Finney) and Best Original Score (Alex North).
It is based on the semi-autobiographical 1947 novel by English writer Malcolm Lowry. The film tells the story of Geoffrey Firmin, an alcoholic British former consul in the small Mexican town of Quauhnahuac on the Day of the Dead in 1938.
The film was enthusiastically received.
- Nominated - Best Actor Academy Award (Albert Finney)
- Nominated - Best Original Score Academy Award (Alex North)
- Nominated - Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival
- Nominated - Best Actor Golden Globe (Albert Finney)
- Nominated - Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe (Jacqueline Bisset)
- Winner - Best Actor, London Film Critics Circle (Albert Finney)
- Winner - Best Actor, Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Albert Finney; tied with F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus)
- Selected - Top 10 Films of the Year - National Board of Review
- Nominated - Best Actor, New York Film Critics Circle (Albert Finney)
Related documentary films
Huston's drama has sometimes been shown in tandem with an earlier documentary film: Volcano: An Inquiry Into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry (1976) is a National Film Board of Canada feature-length documentary produced by Donald Brittain and Robert A. Duncan and directed by Brittain and John Kramer. It opens with the inquest into Lowry's "death by misadventure," and then moves back in time to trace the writer's life. Selections from Lowry's novel are read by Richard Burton amid images shot in Mexico, the United States, Canada and England.
There are two documentaries about the making of the Huston film: Gary Conklin's 56-minute Notes from Under the Volcano and the 82-minute Observations Under the Volcano, directed by Christian Blackwood.