Thursday, April 16, 2015


Butter wouldn't melt
This evening our Gothic Film Festival opened at the excellent Cineteca Nacional.  Ten films, dating from 1945 (Dead of Night) to 1984 (A Company of Wolves) with lots of Hammer Horror, The Whicker Man etc in between. But the opening film was The Innocents (1961), a creepy film, shot in B&W, starring Deborah Kerr and two child actors Martin Stephens and Pamela Franklin. They're made out to be the weirdos, but by the slightly ambiguous ending it's more likely that Kerr's the whacko.
I'm always curious as to know what happens to child actors in adult life. Martin Stephens had made a habit of appearing in films about weird children: at aged 10, he was in the infamous The Village of the Damned (1960) and later appears in The Witches (1966). Perhaps they'd screwed him up because after that he decided to jack it in and become an architect. Pamela Franklin had a moderately successful film and TV career up to the mid 70s, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969). Anyway, good film. See full list here.

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