Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

A Sightless Evil: Mia Farrow in “See No Evil” (1971)

In 1968, Mia Farrow showed that she could play a character that required both exhaustive physical and psychological realisation. In Rosemary's Baby, she played a young woman who has the unimaginable happen to her, and she was rightly nominated for a BAFTA and Academy Award for her efforts. A year before that, in 1967, Audrey Hepburn would… Continue reading A Sightless Evil: Mia Farrow in “See No Evil” (1971)

Blogathons, Films based on Daphne du Maurier's works, Period Dramas, Uncategorized

Je Reviens: Rebecca (1997)

It is rare that an adaptation of a novel gets things right. Often one feels that they shouldn't have bothered to buy the rights to the book at all if they were just going to change everything. Thankfully, that is not what ITV does in the 1997 adaptation of du Maurier's most famous novel, Rebecca. This is the third… Continue reading Je Reviens: Rebecca (1997)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Noir Or Never, Uncategorized

The Chamber: Dirk Bogarde in “Cast a Dark Shadow” (1955)

The film starts with a visual representation of Edward "Teddy" Bare's (played by Dirk Bogarde) mind. A stark, dark, confusing labyrinth, with the face of a screaming woman. The things in the labyrinth: a stuffed ape, a clown, would be mundane in the sunlight, in the sane world, but in this place they are representations… Continue reading The Chamber: Dirk Bogarde in “Cast a Dark Shadow” (1955)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries

Walking through the looking glass: Bette Davis in ‘A Stolen Life’ and ‘Dead Ringer’

Watching a film where Bette Davis plays the female lead is really something. From Now Voyager to Jezebel, Bette never put a foot wrong. But seeing her play both female leads. Well that's really something. And she did it twice, almost twenty years apart, in A Stolen Life and Dead Ringer, in which she played identical twin sisters. And while both of these… Continue reading Walking through the looking glass: Bette Davis in ‘A Stolen Life’ and ‘Dead Ringer’