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The Comfort of Strangers (Dual Format Edition)


Paul Schrader erotic thriller scripted by Harold Pinter

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Mary (Natasha Richardson) and Colin (Rupert Everett, The Happy Prince) attempt to reinvigorate their flagging relationship with a romantic trip to Venice. Soon though, they find themselves drawn into a complex web of deceit, passion, perversion and sexual intrigue, subtly spun by mysterious Robert (Christopher Walken), who resides nearby in palatial splendour with his wife Caroline (Helen Mirren).

Adapted from Ian McEwan’s haunting novel by famed playwright Harold Pinter, The Comfort of Strangers is chillingly directed by Paul Schrader (First Reformed), and will lead you on a shadowy, dreamlike journey towards the darkest realms of human experience.

  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Audio commentary by director Paul Schrader, newly recorded for this release
  • Prospectus for a Course Not Given: The Paul Schrader Film Masterclass (1982, 100 mins, audio only): Paul Schrader provides an illuminating precis of the film course   he had recently presented in America
  • Paul Schrader Guardian Interview (1993, 85 mins, audio only): the director discusses films and filmmaking with critic Derek Malcolm
  • Venice in War Time (1918, 1 min), The Glass Makers of Murano, Venice (1928, 4 mins), City Lights (1963, 3 mins): fascinating glimpses of Venice in archive film
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Illustrated booklet with full film credits and new writing by film historian Dr Deborah Allison, Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington and Little White Lies essayist Paul Fairclough
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SKU 5035673013045
Catalogue Number BFIB1304
Subtitle A film by Paul Schrader
Product contents DVD, Blu-ray, Booklet
Year 1990
Director Paul Schrader
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Running time 104 mins
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 15
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