Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Night Digger (The Road Builder)

I can't quite put my finger on why this film didn't work. Perhaps it was because it was stuck up my nose through the whole thing. Early on there is promise with an out of left field discussion of sex changes and then it just withers off in a boring mess as if a Brit was trying to do a poor man's WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?. Shame too as there was some great talent involved. Roald Dahl adapted the Joy Cowley novel (Nest in a Falling Tree), Bernard Herrmann provided a fine if somewhat minimalist socre and the great Patricia Neal fills the lead but in the end it all comes across as just anothher pay cheque for the lot of them.


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