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Surreal & entertaining-ish...
on 29 March 2010
The things Beryl Reid does here in the name of comedy are outrageous and courageous for an actress of any age let alone one in her late 50's early 60's. Joe Orton's tale is unapologetically saucy, farcical and at times extremely sinister - typical Orton really. Sloane wraps the ageing spinster and her closeted slightly younger brother round his nasty little finger just for a roof and some security. Playing their frustrations and lonliness like a violin, he manages to have his cake and eat it for a while but the old siblings eventually find a way to keep him under control (at the expense of the unfortunate grandad).
A good example of early 70's British film making that wasn't either a dodgy Carry On, sit-com spin off or even dodgier Hammer Horror effort. Worth a look and well played by Beryl, Harry Andrews and the irrepressible Peter McEnery.