World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

The Prisoner (1955 film)

 

The Prisoner (1955 film)

This article is about the 1955 film. For the 1967 UK TV show, see The Prisoner. For other uses, see The Prisoner (disambiguation).
The Prisoner
Directed by Peter Glenville
Written by Bridget Boland
Starring Alec Guinness
Jack Hawkins
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Cinematography Reginald H. Wyer
Editing by Frederick Wilson
Distributed by Columbia Pictures Corporation
Release date(s) 1955
Running time Netherlands:95 min / USA:91 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Prisoner is a 1955 drama film directed by Peter Glenville and based on the play by Bridget Boland. The film stars Alec Guinness and Jack Hawkins.

Plot summary

In an unnamed East European country that has recently come under Communist tyranny in place of Nazi tyranny, a Cardinal (Alec Guinness) is falsely accused of treason. The Interrogator (Jack Hawkins), an old friend of the Cardinal's, is given the task of persuading him to make a public confession of treason.

The Interrogator eventually breaks though by showing how the Cardinal became a priest to escape from his childhood. To purge his sin, in the show trial the Cardinal confesses to every lie of which he is accused, and is released to face a silent, bewildered crowd.

There is a subplot about a young warder (Ronald Lewis) who is in love with a married woman (Jeannette Sterke), who wants to leave the country and join her husband.[1]

Production

The Cardinal was based on Croatian cardinal Aloysius Stepinac (1898–1960), who was a victim of a show trial staged by the communist regime led by Josip Broz Tito[2] and on Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty (1892–1975), who was also the victim of the communist-staged show trial, while the communist regime was fronted by Mátyás Rákosi and Árpád Szakasits.

The film was shot in England and Belgium (at Ostend and Bruges).[1]

Cast

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database

References


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from School eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.