The mysterious Crosseley Alan Bates insinuates himself into the quiet Devonshire lives of the young hospitable Fieldings (Susannah York and John Hurt), in this 1978 Cannes Grand Prix du Jury winner, only the second feature produced by legendary Brit Jeremy Thomas. Crossley’s claim of having learned from an aboriginal shaman a ‘terror shout’ that can kill instantly intrigues Anthony Fielding, an experimental composer. This film was programmed by Alan Warner, one of EIFF 2011’s guest curators. –EIFF
Jerzy Skolimowski (born May 5, 1938) is a Polish film director, screenwriter, dramatist and actor. A graduate of the prestigious Polish Film School in Łódź, Skolimowski has directed more than twenty films since his 1960 début Oko wykol (The Menacing Eye). He lived in Los Angeles where he painted in a figurative, expressionist mode and acted occasionally in films. More recently, he began dividing his time between the US and Poland and returned to film making as a writer and director after a 17 year hiatus with Four Nights With Anna (Cztery noce z Anna) in 2008.
I really love the scene where John Hurt's composer character is working, experimenting in his studio, creating these great electronic sound effects. It's super sensory. So cool.
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