Actor-turned-director Simon Callow, who has appeared in a number of recent Merchant Ivory productions, seems to have learned what he knows about filmmaking at James Ivory's knee. Adapted from the story by Carson McCullers, by way of Edward Albee's stage adaptation, THE BALLAD OF THE SAD
CAFE is "Masterpiece Theater" filmmaking--respectful of the source, beautifully designed, photographed, scored and acted, but ultimately lifeless.
Miss Amelia (Vanessa Redgrave) is a powerful force in the small Southern town where she was raised. She runs the town store, lends money, doctors sick children and brews moonshine at a still hidden way back in the woods. Tall and rawb...