The Caretaker an Original Soundtrack recording of Harold Pinter, A two Record set, with Donald Pleasence, Alan Bates and Robert Shaw.
The Caretaker has been described as a "revolution" in film-making. Made with complete artistic freedom, the film was conceived and accomplished by author Harold Pinter, director Clive Donner, producer Michael Birkett, and actors Donald Pleasence, Alan Bates and Robert Shaw. They formed themselves into a special company - Caretaker Films Ltd - to make it. Nine days before shooting was due to begin, the orthodox sources of film finance suddenly ran dry. And the members of Caretaker Films set out to raise their budget by private subscription. While Pinter, Donner and the actors tried to rehearse without thinking about money, Michael Birkett slashed £10,000 off their original £40,000 budget. (Already working without salary, the board members now sacrificed their expenses too.) Within a week of their appeal, their £30,000 target was raised. The Caretakers backers - no strings attached - are: Peter Hall and Leslie Caron. Richard Burton. Elizabeth Taylor. Peter Sellers. Peter Cadbury. Peter Bridge. Harry Saltzman. Charles Kasher. Noel Coward and Pinter's four year old son, Daniel, threw in the contents of his piggy bank for good measure - 10d. In all. Their budget was totally raised, Michael Birkett sent apologetic letters to would-be backers like Vivien Leigh, Lord Harewood and Leonard Bernstein whose offers came too late. Filmed entirely on location in a derelict unheated house in Hackney - five minutes from where Harold Pinter was born - THE CARETAKER shooting was cramped. Form the action is mainly confined to a single attic room. And once actors, director, camera operator, continuity girl, boom operator and props were all crammed into the attic, there was only one limited hole vacant - just large enough to accommodate a small, crouching man. Pinter, Birkett, visiting journalists and backers - even Noel Coward - took turns at occupying this hole during shooting. Other members of the crew performed their duties outside: the assistant director refereed proceedings from the door; the sound recordist lived in a cupboard on the landing; the make-up and wardrobe personnel worked in a room below. Filmed strictly in sequence, The Caretaker took five weeks to shoot. And the farewell celebration party took place dead on schedule. First screened at the Berlin Film Festive in 1963, The film was awarded a Silver Bear - for "Clive Donner's balanced direction of Harold Pinter's remarkable script and the ensemble performances of three fine actors: Donald Pleasence, Alan Bates and Robert Shaw". And at the Edinburgh Festival, The Caretaker was the only British Film to be awarded a Certificate of Merit.
Quality of Vinyl - Excellent, has a few spindle trails on the label
Quality of sleeve - Good, has a few scratches and the edges are bent back where the sleeve has been folded on the edges, has an outline of where the vinyl was located in the sleeve.
Record 1 shows Part 1 & 2.
Record 2 shows Part 3 & 4.