Unintentionally hilarious and wildly entertaining. I can't get enough of this stuff, psychological mystery with improbable things going on all over the place. Great for spotting English character actors, my Anna Massey has a particularly lovely neck! London landmarks akimbo; St Charles hospital near Ladbroke Grove where I recovered from a collapsed lung after overdoing Notting Hill carnival is particularly poignant.
What a gem! All the eccentric characters have insight into what is really going on. Eccentric on the outside - sane on the inside ... Questioning american culture at a time when americanism was advancing. Brilliant performances and superb script - way ahead of its time. I love the lighting in the eyes of the siblings - a double light that is missing from all the other characters - very clever and the first clue.
Like Repulsion, the influence of Psycho looms large over this. However, while Polanski seemed liberated by his origins in exploitation, Preminger still has one foot tied to the Hollywood system. It creates an odd mix of the modern (the transgressive) & the old-fashioned (the moralistic). It's beautifully photographed & suitably atmospheric, & survives thanks to a largely compelling mystery & some strong performances.
not at all interested in this film's obsessions. it's not really horrible, but somehow theatrical, didactic and build on predictable and not that subtle plot twists. and the depiction of england is not very kind... there are 2 or 3 good, haunting, perverse scenes and laurence olivier gives an amazing performance. preminger was a good actor's director, but some of the characters are just caricatural