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The Ballad of the Sad Caf�

The movie The Ballad of the Sad Caf� was based on the book The Ballad of the Sad Caf.

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Movie details for The Ballad of the Sad Caf�

The movie was released in 1991 and directed by Simon Callow. The Ballad of the Sad Caf� was produced by Merchant Ivory. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com.

Actors on this movie include Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Carradine, Cork Hubbert, Rod Steiger, Austin Pendleton, Beth Dixon, Lanny Flaherty, Mert Hatfield, Earl Hindman, Anne Pitoniak, Frederick Johnson, Lauri Raymond, Joe Stevens, Keith Wommack, Kevin Wommack, Laura Burns, Bucky Meadows, Jack Colby, Mandy Steckelberg and Terry Mross.

 

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As Southern Gothic goes, Simon Callow's The Ballad of the Sad Caf is about as eerie as a Great Depression-era tragedy can be, rife with subconscious rage, unholy alliances, androgyny, and grotesque spectacle. Based on a Carson McCullers novella but adapt... Read More
As Southern Gothic goes, Simon Callow's The Ballad of the Sad Caf is about as eerie as a Great Depression-era tragedy can be, rife with subconscious rage, unholy alliances, androgyny, and grotesque spectacle. Based on a Carson McCullers novella but adapted from a stage version written by Edward Albee, Ballad stars Vanessa Redgrave as Miss Amelia, a singular force in her dusty, rural town worthy of a Walker Percy photo spread. Owner of the only general store in sight, medicine woman, and manufacturer of moonshine strong enough to numb the day laborers who collapse on her porch, Miss Amelia controls the pulse of her community. Things change with the arrival of a strange, hunchbacked dwarf (Cork Hubbert) who claims to be her cousin, but who ultimately sides with Amelia's ex-husband (Keith Carradine) in a campaign to make her life a living hell. British character actor Callow's ambition behind the camera proves a little overwrought, but he delivers a powerfully atmospheric, even nightmarish, drama. --Tom Keogh

Book details for The Ballad of the Sad Caf

The Ballad of the Sad Caf was written by Carson McCullers. The book was published in 2005 by Mariner Books. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

 

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A classic work that has charmed generations of readers, this collection assembles Carson McCullers's best stories, including her beloved novella "The Ballad of the Sad Caf." A haunting tale of a human triangle that culminates in an astonishing brawl, the ... Read More
A classic work that has charmed generations of readers, this collection assembles Carson McCullers's best stories, including her beloved novella "The Ballad of the Sad Caf." A haunting tale of a human triangle that culminates in an astonishing brawl, the novella introduces readers to Miss Amelia, a formidable southern woman whose caf serves as the town's gathering place. Among other fine works, the collection also includes "Wunderkind," McCullers's first published story written when she was only seventeen about a musical prodigy who suddenly realizes she will not go on to become a great pianist. Newly reset and available for the first time in a handsome trade paperback edition, The Ballad of the Sad Caf is a brilliant study of love and longing from one of the South's finest writers.