- Actors: Jean Kent
- Directors: Anthony Asquith
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: Odeon Entertainment Ltd
- DVD Release Date: 26 July 2010
- Run Time: 85 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B003NVSGU4
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,513 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Woman In Question [DVD]
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First ever UK DVD release of this classic mystery film . Agnes "Astra" Huston (Jean Kent), a fortune teller at a run-down fair, is found murdered in her bedroom. The police track down five of the most likely suspect and start asking questions. As the police question the suspects their interactions with her are shown in flashbacks from their highly suspicious points of view. Director Anthony Asquith, working in the style of a Hitchcock whodunit, deftly moves between multiple points of view in this gritty look at life in a seaport town.
Top customer reviews
Still, an enjoyable film which I would certainly recommend renting.
All I can say is, if you want to watch an enjoyable slice of yesterday's Britain, with a host of familiar faces in the cast, you couldn't do better than to settle down and enjoy this intriguing mystery, in which the same events are told from the perspective of each leading character, giving a completely different impression of the murder victim (Jean Kent).
Only quibble might be Dirk Bogarde's accent!!
However, ten out of ten for its arrival to DVD - quality of the print is very good and presentation excellent - it even begins with the old fashioned British Board of Film Censors certificate (It was an "A", of course).
Pour yourself a nice cuppa, and enjoy!
Jean Kent is "the woman in question," whose depiction careens from saint to slut depending on the memory. Hers is the most bravura performance, even though her character is dead before we even "meet" her.
But everyone is showcased in this film. Early in the proceedings, Hermione Baddeley has a feast of scenery-chewing as neighbor and resident busybody Mrs. Finch. But then as the canvas keeps widening, memorably cheeky work is contributed by all concerned, from a young and charming Dirk Bogarde to Charles Victor as old Mr. Pollard across the way. Susan Shaw switches gears a few times as Astra's sister, and even the investigating inspector is played with a quirky sardonic edge and vocal distinction by Duncan MacRae.
The BAFTA-nominated script by John Cresswell has plenty of droll wit, the film is creatively lit and photographed, and with Anthony Asquith at the helm you know you're in for a classy and intelligent ride. This is a minor film perhaps, no important classic, but it is filled to bursting with all that is most endearing about post-war British cinema. It moves briskly along with a few late-breaking surprises to a surprisingly expressionist conclusion without ever wearing out its welcome. Warmly recommended.