Alan Bates, John Hurt, Susannah York / Fiction / English
Skolimowski’s acclaimed, garlanded British adaptation of a Robert Graves’ short story, is his most unabashedly surreal work.
The mysterious Crosseley Alan Bates insinuates himself into the quiet Devonshire lives of the young hospitable Fieldings (Susannah York and John Hurt), in this 1978 Cannes Grand Prix du Jury winner, only the second feature produced by legendary Brit Jeremy Thomas. Crossley’s claim of having learned from an aboriginal shaman a ‘terror shout’ that can kill instantly intrigues Anthony Fielding, an experimental composer. This film was programmed by Alan Warner, one of EIFF 2011’s guest curators.
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