Thursday, 5 November 2020

sรฉance on a wet afternoon

Via our faithful chronicler, Doctor Caligari’s Cabinet, we are reminded that on this day—shared with many other anniversaries of the good and the great—that the 1964 British drama from film-maker Bryan Forbes starring co-producer Baron Richard Attenborough (*1923 – †2014) and Kim Stanley (*1925 – †2001), who plays a medium haunted and obligated by the memory of the couple’s departed son and concocts a plan to establish her reputation as a psychic, involving the kidnapping and ransom of the daughter of a wealthy family and lead authorities to the child through revealed through her second-sight. Stanley’s character cows her husband (Attenborough, originally the screenplay called for a same-sex couple played by Tom Courtenay and Alec Guinness but the latter turned down the role, prompting a major rewrite) into committing the crime, which goes awry.