Single neurotic American mother Ann Lake goes into near hysterics at finding out her four-year-old daughter Bunny Lake is missing when picking her up from her first day in an English school. No one, including her teacher and the headmistress ever saw her. With Ann’s uppity but mentally unstable journalist big brother Stephen soon at her side, the wise man analytical Superintendent Newhouse attempts to retrace the child’s steps and when nothing checks out (there’s no possessions of the child’s in the Lake’s upscale Hampstead flat and the alleged father of the baby is a married man who denies he sired a child) he begins to suspect that perhaps Bunny never really existed and is about to end the case when Ann discovers a doll repair claim ticket for her daughter in her possession. —Ozus’ World Movie Reviews
Otto Ludwig Preminger (December 5, 1905 – April 23, 1986) was an Austrian-born Jewish American film director who moved from the theatre to Hollywood, directing over 35 feature films in a five-decade career. He rose to prominence for stylish film noir mysteries such as Laura (1944) and Fallen Angel (1945). In the 1950s and 1960s, he directed a number of high-profile adaptations of popular novels and stage works. Several of these pushed the boundaries of censorship by dealing with topics which were then taboo in Hollywood, such as drug addiction (The Man with the Golden Arm, 1955), rape (Anatomy of a Murder, 1959), and homosexuality (Advise and Consent, 1962). He was twice nominated for the Best Director Academy Award. He also had a few acting roles.
Preminger was born in Wiznitz, a town west of Czernowitz, Northern Bukovyna, in today’s Ukraine, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Markus and Josefa Preminger. Preminger’s father was born in 1877 in Galicia, at a time when… read more
Every time I see a black-and-white widescreen Preminger I wonder why I'm not constantly watching black-and-white widescreen Preminger. The logic, the flow, the deep, layered sets. Even when the mystery becomes ridiculous, it's magical.
A propulsive survey of scores focusing on the thriller: procedurals, bank heists, neo-noirs, spy films, giallos, and sci-fi mind-games.