In this adaptation of the John Collier short story “Sleeping Beauty”, inimitable auteur James B. Harris presents a dreamlike, erotic puzzle, with the tale of a melancholic jazz musician who purchases a real life Sleeping Beauty from a carnival show and whisks her away to his Gothic pleasure palace.
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Unique film. Once seen, never forgotten. For some reason, the image that lingers the most is of the little white sailing boat, bobbing like a toy, out on the hazy sea. It's hard to think of another film quite like it, though VERTIGO comes to mind. The similar hypnotic mood accompanied by a mesmerizing score, the dream logic and a man trying to control, or at least make real, the very thing he yearns for.