The Ballad of the Sad Cafe - The Merchant Ivory Collection
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I cannot say enough good things about Vanessa Redgrave's performance. I usually think of her as a sophisticated and attractive British actress. But for this role she takes off her makeup, crops her hair close to her head and lets her clear blue eyes shine from a weather-beaten face, her usual graceful body taking on an awkward gait, and her voice taking on a deep southern drawl. It is an absolutely magnificent performance with equally talented supporting actors. The story is weird but it kept my interest and my eyes were glued to the screen waiting for what would happen next.Read more ›
Miss Amelia (Redgrave) opens a small cafe at the insistance of her cousin "Lyman" a hunchback . When, Marvin Macy (Carradine) comes back, completely changed after his stint in prison. Very bitter.. ..
And even though her cousin Lymon seems entranced by Marvin, as this now dark and alluring character he's become (And Keith Carradine is excellent at it ;-). Miss Amelia still sees him as an "evil man"
One cannot image saying this out loud, but if Vanessa Redgrave's Amelia were to fight John Wayne or even Clint Eastwood, my hard-earned dollars would have to go to Redgrave.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good movie based off of the original story . It leaves a person thinking and pondering, which is what a good story should do.Published 3 months ago by Show Me
Dark and depressing and violent and realistic and southern gothic and I loved it. But I can't guarantee that you will.Published 17 months ago by Neal Hoesing
Truly an amazing but very sad tale. It's not for the faint of heart by the weight of results. I know of no other tale that leaves such forlorn ending.
Profound! How sad it is to know that those living an alternative lifestyle struggle with understanding themselves, let alone how others lack the understanding to offer love and... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Jeffery McGirt
Have tried twice to watch this DVD without success. It is so very dark and dismal! Not one to give up so easily, I will try again, perhaps when I am feeling blue myself.Published on August 19, 2011 by S. Keefe
I'm rating this four stars based on how well I think it reflects the book, not on how much I liked the story. Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by silversurf
A midget hunchback, an old maid and her criminal husband
set in a backwater southern town where moon shine rules
is the setting for this play on the worst in man? Read more
The Ballad is one of my favorite books, and the movie did not let me down!