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||IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 from 478 votes
||Release: 16 April 1977 (France) /
||Director: Peter Hall,
||Stars: Cyril Cusack, Ian Holm, Michael Jayston, Paul Rogers, Terence Rigby, Vivien Merchant
||Synopsis: Max is a surly pensioner who alternately venerates and vilifies his dead wife. Sam, his brother, is a supercilious chauffeur. Lenny is a smiling, snake-like pimp. Joey is a thick-witted, would-be boxer. These four men live together in a North London flat, the site of their perpetual sadomasochistic battle of words and sometimes physical violence. And then after nine years, Max's third son, Teddy, a philosophy professor living in California, comes back home for a visit. He brings his wife, Ruth. She is immediately drawn in to the family's ugly psychological games and quickly proves a worthy opponent. Soon, the game involves both of Teddy's brothers taking extreme liberties with Ruth, as the coiled Teddy obstinately refuses to spoil the malicious fun by objecting. Written by J. Spurlin
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"There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor
between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either
true or false; it can be both true and false." - Harold
Ely Landau's American Film Theater production of Harold Pinter's The
Homecoming, directed by Peter Hall, has just been released on DVD as part of
a retrospective of the AFT's two years of outstanding film versions of
selected plays. An engrossing rendition of Pinter's disturbing play, The
Homecoming is brilliant in its malevolent and macabre humor and the
performances are first rate. On the surface it is a depiction of a slightly
mad family in which two brothers lust over a third brother's wife.
Underneath it is a surreal caricature of domestic life that focuses on the
dark impulses that lie beneath the thin veneer of civility. In Pinter's
view, what passes for authentic behavior is merely a cover for the
irrational and the play demonstrates how power and memory can be used as
tools of control. As in all of Pinter's work, the dialogue is razor sharp
and often over the top, consisting of verbal thrusts and parries, ridicules,
strategies, mutual warfare, and maneuvering for position.
Set in an older but spacious house in North London, the men prowl around
each other like animals ready for the kill. Their mother Jessie is dead. The
remaining family consists of two brothers, their father and uncle. Max (Paul
Rogers), the menacing, slightly demented but still roaring old patriarch is
a retired butcher with an acid tongue. His brother, Sam, a chauffeur is an
unmarried man in his sixties and something of a dandy. The brothers are both
working class louts. Lenny, delightfully performed by a dapper Ian Holm, is
a sleazy pimp and borderline criminal, while Joey (Terence Rigby) is a
demolitions expert and would-be boxer who spends most of his spare time
training at the local gym.
The equilibrium is disturbed when the oldest brother Teddy (Michael
Jayston), a Professor of Philosophy, arrives with Ruth, his wife of nine
years Ruth (Pinter's wife at the time, Vivien Merchant) in London to visit
the family she has never met. The focus of the hostility is now focused on
the young couple and the father unleashes one tirade after another, calling
Ruth a slut and a whore. From the beginning there is tension in the
relationship between Teddy and Ruth and they both seem uncomfortable. The
dialogue between family members is filled with comic touches and the
characters use threats, intimidation, and power games to gain advantage over
Even Ruth, a woman who has been exploited successfully plays off one brother
against the other and both against her husband. Rationality becomes less and
less apparent as the play progresses with the two younger brothers making
passes at Ruth in front of her bewildered and strangely passive husband.
Teddy only watches as Ruth joins with his brothers, perhaps because he
realizes that on the deepest level he has been separate from her for years.
The Homecoming is a work that does not yield to immediate deciphering and
has given critics much to chew on for thirty-nine years. Pinter's plays are
not about psychological realism and the actions of his characters are not
always coherent or rational. He moves easily from realism to surrealism, and
it is often difficult to distinguish between the reality and the dream.
One critic said, "Like Buñuel, Pinter demonstrated that only a slight shift
in perspective is needed to make human behavior appear insane, and showed
how easily the veneer of 'civilization' can be swept aside in favor of
something more revealing". The Homecoming can be looked at it in many ways
and there is enough ambiguity to allow the audience to interpret it from
their own frame of reference. As Pinter biographer Michael Billington notes,
"You can never say with Pinter that one interpretation is wholly right or
another wholly wrong. What you can say, with reasonable certainty, is that
the play continues to get under our collective skins". It definitely got
under mine but I loved every minute of it.
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