Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dead of Night (Cavalcanti/Chricton/Bearden/Hamer, 1945): 50+ Screenshots

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I first saw this film in my teens and have seen it a few times since. I re-watched it a few weeks back and it's still as amazing as ever: definitely one of the top 5 British movies of all time. It's an omnibus films with 4 separate ghost stories and the final one with Michael Redgrave and a very creepy ventriloquists's dummy is the most famous of them. But the first two stories are also really spooky and the third - a bit of comedy relief with Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne (AKA Charters and Caldicott)- is not bad either. Plus I'd forgotten the final sequence which has Mervyn Johns having a jumbled-up nightmare which mixes in parts of all 4 stories: it's pretty far out there for 1945...

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