In the early 1960s, at the height of the British New Wave, a movement whose gritty realism they had helped establish, director Tony Richardson and playwright John Osborne set out for more fanciful narrative territory. Tom Jones brings a theatrical flair to Henry Fieldingâs canonical eighteenth-century novel, boisterously chronicling the misadventures of the foundling of the title (Albert Finney, in a career-defining turn), whose easy charm seems to lead him astray at every turn from his beloved, the wellborn Sophie Western (Susannah York). This spirited picaresque, evocatively shot in Englandâs rambling countryside and featuring an extraordinary ensemble cast, went on to become a worldwide sensation, winning the Oscar for best picture on the way to securing its status as a classic of irreverent wit and playful cinematic expression.
Both the theatrical cut and director's cut
New program on the filmâs cinematography featuring a conversation between Walter Lassally and critic Peter Cowie
Excerpt from a 1982 episode of The Dick Cavett Show featuring actor Albert Finney
New interview with actor Vanessa Redgrave on director Tony Richardson, to whom she was married from 1962 to 1967
New interview with film scholar Duncan Petrie on the movieâs impact on British cinema
Illustrated archival audio interview with composer John Addison on his Oscar-winning score for the film
New interview with the directorâs-cut editor, Robert Lambert