Forget your Frankensteins, Draculas and Freddie Kruegers: THIS is real horror. And it’s blood-curdling. And bone-chilling. And absolutely terrifying..
'What we are doing is a means to an end. Now you agree with the end, don't you? Well then you must agree with the means! You can't have one without the other..' (Kim Stanley as Myra Savage)
Brief Synopsis: Billy Savage (Attenborough), an unemployed man with chronic asthma, succumbs to the demands of his wife (Stanley) and kidnaps a child (Judith Donner) so that she can achieve renown as the medium who divines the child's whereabouts.
Verdict: With the…
5 Reasons why this film is a masterpiece:
1. It's the best film Nicholas Ray ever made; a noir-tinged drama rendered in dark visuals of exhilarating beauty.
2. It showcases probably the greatest performance of Bogie's career as the short-fused screenwriter Dix Steele, a character he imbues with a neurotic edge that is frightening in its intensity.
3. This dialogue: 'I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me'.
4. Gloria Grahame is in it.
5. It just 'is', OK?!
Here we have a typically sophisticated and fashionable comedy graced by the renowned Lubitsch 'Touch'; a film which wears its amorality as a badge of pride and notable for the quickfire wit and acting skills of Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall as they portray jewel thieves plying their trade across Continental Europe.
This is a production of such elegance and lightness that we can only weep for an art form seemingly lost forever..