MAN TO MAN

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MAN TO MAN

John Maybury
GB, 1991
Fiction, 72min, OF

MAN TO MAN

John Maybury
GB, 1991
Fiction, 72min, OF

Cast: 
Tilda Swinton
Ella/Max Gericke
Screenplay: 
John Maybury nach dem Drama «Jacke wie Hose» von Manfred Karge (Rechte: Henschel Schauspiel Theaterverlag Berlin)
Sound: 
Nigel Holland
Camera: 
Dominique Le Rigoleur
Editor: 
John Maybury
Nigel Harley
James Bygrave
Bruce McKenna
Composer: 
Nigel Holland
Marvin Black
Dean Speedwell
Decoration: 
Lawrence G. Paull
Costume: 
Annie Symons

Production: 
BBC, Basilisk Communications
Format: 
Video (Betacam SP)
Color and Black/White

After the death of her crane-driving husband in Germany in the 1930s, Ella must find some way to earn a living. Donning her husband's clothes, she takes up his old profession. Taken for a man, she is completely enthralled by the way men behave when away from women, particularly the rough, working-class men she is impersonating. She keeps the disguise, serves as a (male) soldier during the war, and works on a farm and in a factory afterwards - all the like as a man. Man to Man may or may not be great cinema, depending upon an individual's willingness to denigrate or celebrate its flaws and assets, but Swinton's performance is a marvelous achievement. (Craig Butler)