Rapture 1965

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Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Gozzi star in this coming-of-age drama from director John Guillermin. Agnes (Gozzi) lives a lonely, sheltered life on the family farm in Brittany with her father Frederick (Douglas). When fugitive Joseph (Dean Stockwell) shows up at the farm seeking refuge, he quickly forms a special bond with young Agnes. As Frederick expresses his disapproval of the match, Joseph tries to convince Agnes that all of her troubles would disappear if she just ran away from her overbearing father.

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Genres Drama
Studio Eureka
Rental release 28 July 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Genres Drama
Studio Eureka
Rental release 28 July 2014
Main languages English

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By technoguy VINE VOICE on 4 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Rapture shows what seems like a cross-roads between Bergman and New Wave with of course American Cinemascope thrown in.Bergman because of the actress Linblom, a frequent player in Bergman(The Silence,The Virgin Spring),as the sensual house-keeper in the cliff-top Brittany household.Also Patricia Gozzi's portrayal of Agnes,an adolescent with learning difficulties,growing from childhood into a sexual awakening. We also have a freedom of camera movement to show the young girl's often crazy mental state,with unbalanced,giddy swirling movements, depicting both her abandon, sense of freedom or constriction.Agnes seems like a heir of Through a Glass Darkly, the troubled young mind close to madness,having her special relationship to dolls, making a scarecrow,using her father's old clothes.Finding the escaped prisoner as her resurrected scarecrow,wearing the same clothes.We also have the brilliant B&W cinematography,sweeping along the Brittany coast and up past a gothic mad -house. The New Wave was into showing how things were made or constructed too. This could have been a New Wave film with its technically innovative camerawork.

The story is like a fairy tale with young Agnes having only her father(Douglas) as the stern paterfamilias who keeps her in a childhood state by oppressing her with a bitterness(she reminds him of his deceased wife).He is a complex figure and does love her.Her only other role model is the kindly housekeeper,Karen(Lindblom),who has a secret lover,she smuggles into her bed through her window.Into this world comes a fugitive from the law(Dean Stockwell) who appeals to her father's sense of injustice and sense of compassion about what the law should be. Agnes will deceive the law to protect her scarecrow,which her imagination believes she has created.
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