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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 July 2013
If I feel negative thoughts about a film I do try and qualify any such remarks. Something about this long unseen, nay, forgotten, film just didn't quite click with me. The B/W Widescreen print (2.35.1) is excellent, tho I found the sound levels a bit annoying-the dialogue level is fine and then the music thunders in and makes the walls shake (well the earth moved for me so to speak). The plot is good and mysterious, and there are twists and turns galore. So, what is not to like. Here and I make no excuse, my remarks are purely personal... If you are going to play "an arrogant Bully" as Baker is referred to (and he is) you need to have the persona of a Lee Marvin, and here Baker is just a stone faced brute which is odd as his character is a Jazz Pianist, and we all know they aren't stone faced brutes. Baker fans, of which I am usually one, will no doubt love his performence. Mai Zetterling is utterly wasted, but The support actors do well with what they are given (Portman/Green/McGinnis/Cushing etc.), and Georgina Ward makes a good fist of her character. I wanted to like this more than I did and can't truly put my finger on the reason for negativity. Maybe it was the direction. Anyway-I suspect I am in the minority here. It's a great opportunity to see a long forgotten film, in good nick, and a fair price (just). If in doubt from my remarks-get the DVD and see for yourself.
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