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American Film Theatre

Overview
Works: 64 works in 247 publications in 2 languages and 8,282 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Biographical films  Historical films  Comedy films  Musical films  Religious films  Melodrama  History  Interviews 
Roles: Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by American Film Theatre
Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco( Visual )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2019 in English and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rhinoceros tells the story of a French town plagued by rhinoceroses. These are not ordinary rhinoceroses, but people who have been victims of "rhinoceritis." Or is it something else entirely?
The iceman cometh by Eugene O'Neill( Visual )

14 editions published between 1973 and 2019 in English and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the faded, Vermeer-like light of Harry Hope's 1912 New York skid row bar, a ragtag group of fallen men await the annual arrival of their friend Hickey. But now Hickey is sober, and he wants his drunken friends to follow the same path
Three sisters by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov( Visual )

6 editions published between 1970 and 2017 in English and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nearly a thousand miles away from their beloved Moscow, three sisters live in virtual exile. Olga attemps to support her family and home that is the sole legacy from their late father. Masha finds relief from an empty marriage by being involved with a passionate young colonel. Irina wills herself to return the affections of an ardent suitor in the hope that he will whisk her off to the city. Sift through the debris of their shattered dreams on the eve of the social and political upheaval that will transform Russia forever
The man in the glass booth( Visual )

8 editions published between 1974 and 2017 in English and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Millionaire Jewish entrepreneur Arthur Goldman (Schell) rules a financial empire from his Manhattan penthouse. He is given to passionate and capricious ravings on a variety of subjects. His growing paranoia, dismissed by those close to him, is confirmed when he is kidnapped by Israeli agents and brought to trial in Israel for crimes against humanity. Is he Arthur Goldman or is he Adolph Dorf, former SS colonel who headed a Nazi concentration camp? As the trial progresses, the question becomes more confusing
A delicate balance by Edward Albee( Visual )

10 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Agnes, as domineering and sarcastic as her husband Tobias is equivocating and guarded, finds her empty nest invaded by her alcoholic sister, their divorced daughter, and friends who are terrified of being alone for unknown reasons
Butley by Simon Gray( Visual )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A gay college teacher in London is left by his boyfriend, finds out his ex-wife is remarrying and that a less esteemed colleague is having a work published --all in one day
Luther by John Osborne( Visual )

8 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Luther compresses nearly two decades into a provocative character study that parallels Martin Luther's deepening religious dilemmas with the irresolvable earthly anxieties that shaped his beliefs and his rebellious search for truth. We're introduced to Luther as a young monk in 1506, as he defends his vows to his jealous and disapproving father (Patrick McGee). But as Luther's religious commitment deepens, his faith in an increasingly commercialized, politicized, and spiritually empty Papacy atrophies until, having preached against the medieval Catholic Church's hypocrisy, he is called to account by the very bishops he must denounce
Harold Pinter's The homecoming by Harold Pinter( Visual )

4 editions published between 1983 and 2019 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deals with an all-bachelor family in North London disrupted by the return of the eldest son and his wife from America
Jean Genet's The maids( Visual )

4 editions published between 1974 and 2003 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two Parisian sisters, Solange and Claire, serve as maids to a cruel socialite, but whenever she leaves, the two act out a bizarre, complex role-playing psychodrama of domination and control that feeds their powerful lust for revenge upon the mistress they serve
Jacques Brel is alive and well and living in Paris by Eric Blau( Visual )

16 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A plotless four-person musical revue based on the songs of Belgian balladeer Jacques Brel, the show opens on a dark and rainy Parisian night. Three strangers -- a cab driver, a soldier, and a meek woman -- find themselves in a theater. After watching a puppet show, they venture backstage and then onto a beach, where they sing songs during increasingly surreal events
In celebration by David Storey( Visual )

9 editions published between 1975 and 2008 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In their tiny house in a Yorkshire mining town, God-fearing and hardworking Mr. and Mrs. Shaw welcome their sons home to celebrate the couple's fourtieth wedding anniversary. But with each son's arrival, more and more of the Shaws' model blue collar family façade begins to chip away. Middle son Colin's engagement has placed him on the path to a loveless marriage. Barely shouldering the burdens of his shattered artistic aspirations and his own family, Steven, the baby, is on the threshold of a nervous breakdown. But the toaster tossed into this already scalding theatrical bath is eldest son Andrew. As father, mother and brothers futilely try to hide the truth from themselves and each other, Andrew tears into the Shaw family's carefully maintained fictions with animal fury and all too human bitterness"--Container
Lost in the stars( Visual )

14 editions published between 1974 and 2019 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Kumalo, a black South African minister, searches the unfamiliar back alleys and shanty towns of Johannesburg for his son, Absalom. But Kumalo's unwavering faith is put to the test when he finds Absalom in jail facing a capital murder charge. Courage, dignity, and sacrifice fall prey to the whirlwind of racist hypocrisy and hollow justice in Absalom's trial. Absalom's reunion and reconciliation with this father, his jailhouse marriage to his pregnant sweetheart, and his heroic determination to tell the truth set the stage for a tragic climax
Philadelphia, here I come by Brian Friel( Visual )

12 editions published between 1975 and 2019 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concerns the emotional struggle of a young Irishman preparing to emigrate to America, with one actor portraying his public self and another his private thoughts
Galileo( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Screen version of Bertolt Brecht's play about Galileo, the 17th century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science. Galileo made himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovered the moons of Jupiter. He supported Copernicus' theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun. This brought him into conflict with the Catholic Church. By threatening him with torture, the Church forced him to recant his views in front of a tribunal, and sentenced him to house arrest. However, Galileo's trials and theories inspired others like Newton and Kepler to prove that the Earth was not the center of the Universe
Bertolt Brecht's Galileo by Bertolt Brecht( Visual )

5 editions published between 1974 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a rigid society ruled by an uneasy alliance of the aristocracy and the church already undermined by the plague and the Reformation, science is a threat and enlightenment is a luxury. Faced with either death by the Inquisition or recantation to a hypocritical but powerful Papacy, Galileo must choose between his own life or his restless scientific curiosity
The maids by Jean Genet( Visual )

15 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two Parisian sisters, Solange and Claire, serve as maids to a cruel socialite, but whenever she leaves, the two act out a bizarre, complex role-playing psychodrama of domination and control that feeds their powerful lust for revenge upon the mistress they serve
A delicate balance( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Agnes, as domineering and sarcastic as her husband Tobias is equivocating and guarded, finds her empty nest invaded by her alcoholic sister, their divorced daughter, and friends who are terrified of being alone for unknown reasons
John Osborne's Luther( Visual )

7 editions published between 1973 and 2018 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles 29 years in the life of Martin Luther, the 16th century religious leader and reformer, covering his intellectural battle with the church in Rome, the Peasant's Revolt, the Diet of Worms, the burning of the Papal Bull at Wittenberg Castle, and the final break away quarrel with Rome
American film theatre( Visual )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of four film adaptations of contemporary 20th century plays produced by the American Film Theatre from 1974 and 1975
Galileo by Bertolt Brecht( Visual )

14 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This bio-pic is about Galileo, the 17th century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science. Galileo made himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovered the moons of Jupiter. He supported Copernicus' theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun. This brought him into conflict with the Catholic Church. By threatening him with torture, the Church forced him to recant his views in front of a tribunal, and sentenced him to house arrest. However, Galileo's trials and theories inspired others like Newton and Kepler to prove that the Earth was not the center of the Universe
 
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Alternative Names
AFT

AFT (American Film Theatre)

Languages
English (172)

Spanish (1)