Bartleby (1972 film)
|Directed by||Anthony Friedman|
|Produced by||Rodney Carr-Smith|
|Based on||"Bartleby, the Scrivener; A Story of Wall-street" by Herman Melville|
|Music by||Roger Webb|
|Edited by||John S. Smith|
Pantheon Film Productions
|Distributed by||British Lion Film Corporation|
Bartleby is a 1972 British drama film directed by Anthony Friedman and starring Paul Scofield, John McEnery and Thorley Walters. It is an adaptation of the short story Bartleby, the Scrivener; A Story of Wall-street by Herman Melville. The film relocates the narrative from New York in the 1850s to London in the 1970s.
Bartleby, a young audit clerk, is defeated by the pressures of modern life; he gradually opts out of all forms of social engagement and withdraws into his own world.
- Paul Scofield - The Accountant
- John McEnery - Bartleby
- Thorley Walters - The Colleague
- Colin Jeavons - Tucker
- Raymond Mason - Landlord
- Charles Kinross - Tenant
- Neville Barber - First Client
- Robin Askwith - Office Boy
- Hope Jackman - Hilda - Tealady
- John Watson - Doctor
- Christine Dingle - Patient
- Rosalind Elliot - Miss Brown - Secretary
- Tony Parkin - Dickinson - Clerk
The TV Guide reviewer commented that "the film is brooding, slow, and annoying at times, but the vision of McEnery as Bartleby is not easily forgotten. Scofield...gives a supremely intelligent portrayal of a man caught between logic and emotion."
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- Greenspun, Roger (1972-02-07). "Movie Review - Bartleby - Melville's 'Bartleby' Transformed for the Screen". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
- "Bartleby Review". Movies.tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-04-14.