The Abdication

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The Abdication
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Directed by Anthony Harvey
Written by Ruth Wolff
Starring Peter Finch
Liv Ullmann
Music by Nino Rota
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • 3 October 1974 (1974-10-03)
Running time
103 minutes
LanguageEnglish

The Abdication is a 1974 British historical drama film directed by Anthony Harvey and starring Peter Finch, Liv Ullmann, Cyril Cusack, Graham Crowden and James Faulkner. The film's score was composed by Nino Rota.

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The plot of the film has the abdicated Christina, Queen of Sweden arriving in the Vatican and falling in love with a cardinal.

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References


    The screenplay is by Ruth Wolff, based on her play.

    The play, THE ABDICATION, premiered at the Theatre Royal Bath, England, produced by the Bristol Old Vic. It starred Gemma Jones as Queen Christina and David Neal as Cardinal Azzolino. It was directed by Val May.

    The play has subsequently been produced around the globe in many languages with particularly notable productions in Montreal, in French, in 1998 by the Theatre de Quatre Sous, and in Italy, in a production which opened in Florence and toured all of Italy, ending in Rome for an extended run. The Italian production (under the title CONFESSIONE SCANDALOSA) starred Edmunda Aldini and Duilio Del Prete and was directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi,set design by Mario Ceroli, costumes by Gabriella Pescucci. Wolff's article about the opening of this production, WE OPEN IN FLORENCE, appeared in the New York Times Magazine, October, 1977. The American Premiere of THE ABDICATION was presented by the Eureka Theatre, San Francisco, 1979.

    The play was first published in THE NEW WOMEN'S THEATRE, edited by Honor Moore, Random House 1975. It is published in NOTABLE WOMEN -- AND A FEW EQUALLY NOTABLE MEN, Nine Plays by Ruth Wolff, Broadway Play Publishing, 2010. Acting Edition is published by Dramatic Publishing, which also handles stock and amateur performance rights.