Edition no. 107
The brilliant breakthrough film by writer-director Neil Jordan journeys into the dark heart of the London underworld to weave a gripping, noir-infused love story. Bob Hoskins received a multitude of honors—including an Oscar nomination—for his touchingly vulnerable, not-so-tough-guy portrayal of George, recently released from prison and hired by a sinister mob boss (Michael Caine) to chauffeur call girl Simone (Cathy Tyson, in a celebrated performance) between high-paying clients. George’s fascination with the elegant, enigmatic Simone leads him on a dangerous quest through the city’s underbelly, where love is a weakness to be exploited and betrayed. Jordan’s colorful dialogue and eye for evocatively surreal details lend a dreamlike sheen to Mona Lisa, an unconventionally romantic tale of damaged people searching for tenderness in an unforgiving world.
- Audio commentary from 1997 featuring Neil Jordan and actor Bob Hoskins
- New conversation with Neil Jordan and actor Cathy Tyson, moderated by critic Ryan Gilbey
- Interview from 2015 with screenwriter David Leland
- Interview from 2015 with producer Stephen Woolley
- Interview with Neil Jordan and Bob Hoskins from the 1986 Cannes Film Festival
- An essay by Ryan Gilbey