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5.0 out of 5 stars short but flawless., 15 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Whistle And I'll Come To You [1968] [DVD] (DVD)
As a big fan of the ghost stories of M R James I would go so far as to say that this actually IMPROVED on the original story! Shot beautifully in black-and-white, every moment of the 40 minutes seems to have been crafted with great care and thought. Michael Hordern proves his acting salt to the hilt with his portrayal of the lonely middle-aged academic holidaying alone, talking to himself endlessly and comforting himself with food. He finds an old whistle whilst out for a walk and recklessly decides to blow on it. From then on he is haunted by strange figures following him along the beach, and appearing in his dreams, and rustling noises in his bedroom. His rendition of the eerie phrase "who is it who is coming?" is wonderfully spooky. I was delighted to see this had been released on video, now please PLEASE can we have all the old M R James adaptations from the 1970s released as well? BBC2 always used to show one late at night on Christmas Eve, but have unfathomably stopped in recent years, which doesn't make sense!
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2009 10:22:51 GMT
W. T. Oyston says:
I whole-heartedly agree with this review. Absolutely wonderful. This adaptation of M R James ghost story is superbly adapted and acted wonderfully by Michael Hordern and cast. It is a truly atmospheric ghost story. I had not seen this play for a good 30 years and seeing it again was as if time had stood still, I remembered it as if it was yesterday, and was still as enthralled as I was when viewing the original. I doubt if it could be done any better today with all the technology available. Fabulous!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2010 20:41:10 GMT
You may like to know that an updated version starring John Hurt is scheduled for Christmas Eve! *shudder*...

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2014 15:24:24 GMT
Lewis Dye says:
Yes and very poor it was too, a travesty.
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