really stunning film of a subdued nature, all the while the intensity of emotions of the narrative hits you very hard. incredible performance by anne bancroft; her face, in collaboration w/ jack clayton's direction & visual style, constitutes the principal landscape. highly important but under-seen 1960s film!
apparently, getting back to the reckless fertility of nature does not lead one to refinement, but to a "beastly" underdevelopment of senses and eclipse of reason. the body as a vehicle, and child bearing as ceaseless defense against the outer world. though, i guess there are thousands of other ways to get idiotic, than turning oneself into a bacterially divisive child machine.. doris lessing would have a word to say.
Could easily have become maudlin tosh but not with Clayton's sense of nuance and heightened sensibility. All the performances are brilliant including James Mason's slimy turn and a young MILDRED ROPER - a scene stealing Yootha Joyce. Clayton wasn't prolific but his best films always refresh my love for this art form. Sublime score by GEORGES DELERUE. He is the only film composer whose music I listen to, on its own.