Anthony Harvey

Anthony Harvey – Dutchman (1967)

SYNOPSIS: “Harvey’s transition from editor to director is a brilliantly spare, edgy adaptation of LeRoi Jones’ play, basically a two-hander set on a New York subway train: a grim duel between cat and mouse as a rangily sexy white woman (Shirley Knight) circles a young black (Al Freeman Jr.) sitting alone, deliberately teasing, taunting, flaunting herself in a perverse attempt to break his control. Resentment and attraction crackle through the dialogue (and the superb performances) in an almost orgiastic expression of provocation and desire, until she wins and the black is goaded into retaliation. It ends, of course, in violence: a devastating acknowledgment that this is just about the only ground on which black and white can meet. The film’s one minor flaw is when the camera eventually pulls back from the duo to reveal that the carriage has filled with commuters studiously minding their own business; true to life, perhaps, but it comes over as a facile trick.” Read More »

Anthony Harvey – They Might Be Giants (1971)

Synopsis:
They Might be Giants chronicles the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in modern-day New York City. The fact that Sherlock Holmes is a psychotic paranoid and Dr. Watson is a female psychiatrist fascinated by his case is almost beside the point. Dr. Watson follows Holmes across Manhattan and is, against her better judgment, drawn into the master detective’s world of intrigue and danger. This is a sweet, goofy and fairly romantic film that asks the questions “Whose reality is right…and does it really matter?” Read More »

Anthony Harvey – Richard’s Things (1979)

While trying to come to terms with her late husband’s infidelity, a woman finds comfort in the
arms of his former lover, in this drama based on Frederic Raphael’s novel. After hearing of
her husband Peter (Tim Piggott-Smith)’s death on a business trip, Kate Morris (Liv Ullmann) is
shocked to discover that he was travelling with another woman. When the two women
finally confront their issues, the former rivals discover a common bond, leading to an
unexpected and physical relationship. Read More »