Wednesday, August 5, 2009


(Warner Archives; Dir: J. Lee Thompson; Starring: Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Donald Pleasence, David Hemmings, Sharon Tate; 1966)

Though it's a little mannered, Donald Pleasence, David Hemmings and especially Sharon Tate cut through the sophistication to shake things up. Their performances are right in line with the astonishing opening of this film that's as exciting as anything I've seen, due to its very New Wave-influenced construction. Deborah Kerr discovers witchcraft in the family as she follows her husband (David Niven) to his ancestral estate in the French countryside.

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