Tom Jones (1963)
Woodfall Film Productions
The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th century England.
"Tom Jones" is a 1963 British adventure-comedy film, an adaptation of Henry Fielding's classic novel The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1749), starring Albert Finney as the titular hero. It was one of the most critically acclaimed and popular comedies of its time, winning four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film was directed by Tony Richardson and the screenplay was adapted by playwright John Osborne. The film has an unusual comic style: the opening sequence is performed in the manner of a silent film, and characters sometimes break the 'fourth wall', often by looking directly into the camera and addressing the audience, and going so far as to have the character of Tom Jones suddenly appearing to notice the camera and covering the lens with his hat.
Genre': Adventure, Comedy, History
Release date: September 29, 1963 (Venice),
Director: Tony Richardson
Screenplay by: John Osborne
Based on: "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" by Henry Fielding
Music: John Addison
Cinematography: Walter Lassally
Edited by: Antony Gibbs
Narrated by: Micheál Mac Liammóir
Cast: Albert Finney, Susannah York, Hugh Griffith, Edith Evans, Joan Greenwood, Diane Cilento, George Devine, David Tomlinson
Distributed by: United Artists (UK), Lopert Pictures Corporation (US)
* © 1963 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios