Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Bunny Lake Is Missing

This psychological thriller will be a hit or miss proposition for most mainly due to the style in which director Otto Preminger presents it. The story is solid enough with fine acting from Laurence Olivier, Noel Coward, Keir Dullea and Carol Lynley but Preminger tends to get a bit artsy with the flow of things and this can rub certain viewers the wrong way. I've always loved the film and it's great to see a young Clive Revill who we all know and love as The Emperor from STAR WARS, in fact many film buffs will marvel at the number of now well known faces there are to be seen in this 1965 number. While younger enthusiasts may watch this and figure FLIGHTPLAN to be a rip-off one could just as easily look at BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING is see many similarities to THE TURN OF THE SCREW. John Mortimer of RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY note along with his then wife Penelope screenplayed this from the Evelyn Piper (Marryam Model) novel and Paul Glass of NIGHT GALLERY fame provides a stunning score.


Blogger Candy Minx said...

This movie is a riot. We had to watch it in a film workshop.

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