American Film Theatre

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The profile of a bearded man's head looking upward against a field of stars, nebulae, and the words "Topol/Bertolt Brecht's/Galileo". Below the field there is a billing block of credits and then the text "American Film Theater/Limited Engagement". At the top of the field is the text "The Ely Landau Organization Inc and Cinevision Ltée/Present".
Poster for the American Film Theater release of Galileo (1974–75)

The American Film Theatre was a limited run series of film adaptations of stage plays, produced by Ely Landau.[1] Two seasons were produced from 1973 to 1975. The 14 films were contracted to be exhibited in 500 theaters in 400 cities, admission based on subscription to the entire series.[2] By design, these were not films of stage productions — they were plays "translated to the film medium, but with complete faithfulness to the original play script."[3]

The films were released on DVD in 2003 by Kino International and again in 2008 as a boxed set.

The films[edit]

1973–74 season[edit]

1974–75 season[edit]


  1. ^ Barrett, Michael (July 17, 2008). "Canon Fodder: American Film Theatre". PopMatters.  Review of The American Film Theater Complete 14 Film Collection DVD set.
  2. ^ "Wide World of Entertainment: The Dick Cavett Show (Katharine Hepburn Interview, Pt. 1) (TV)". October 2, 1973.  Summary only; not accessible online.
  3. ^ a b Benson, Raymond (April 16, 2009). "Remember...The American Film Theater". Cinema Retro. Archived from the original on 2013-06-01. 
  4. ^ Rockett, Kevin; Gibbons, Luke; Hill, John (2014). Cinema and Ireland. Routledge. p. 112. ISBN 9781317928584. The 1970s and 1980s saw a number of Irish-themed films being made in Ireland by foreigners. Brian Fiel's well-known play, Philadelphia, Here I Come (John Quested, 1970) ... 

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