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Cul-de-Sac

As a study in kinky insanity, Cul-de-Sac creates a tingling atmosphere. This sags riskily at times when the director unturns the screws and does not keep control of his frequently introduced comedy.

With:
Donald Pleasence Francoise Dorleac Lionel Stander Jack McGowran William Franklyn Jacqueline Bisset

As a study in kinky insanity, Cul-de-Sac creates a tingling atmosphere. This sags riskily at times when the director unturns the screws and does not keep control of his frequently introduced comedy.

Film was shot on location in and around a lonely castle on remote Holy Island off the northeast coast of Britain. Gill Taylor’s camera bleakly catches the loneliness and sinister background that sparks the happenings.

Donald Pleasence, with steel-rimmed glasses and head completely shaven, is an obvious neurotic. A retired businessman, he is living like a hermit with his young, bored and flirtatious French wife (Francoise Dorleac), who is blatantly contemptuous of him. Suddenly, two wounded gangsters on the run descend upon them. From then on it’s a battle of nerves, a cat-and-mouse psychological tightrope walk, as an uneasy truce develops between Pleasence and Stander, while the latter waits to be rescued by the boss of his gang, who never shows.

Pleasence pours some exaggerated but distinctive thesping into his pathetic role while Lionel Stander, obviously more flamboyant, blends nicely with him, turning in a far more subtle performance of latent brutality, mixed with surface geniality, than the screenplay may have promised.

Cul-de-Sac

UK

Production: Compton. Director Roman Polanski; Producer Gene Gutowski; Screenplay Roman Polanski, Gerard Brach; Camera Gilbert Taylor; Editor Alastair McIntyre; Music Krzysztof Komeda;; Art Director Voytek Roman

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1966. Running time: 111 MIN.

With: Donald Pleasence Francoise Dorleac Lionel Stander Jack McGowran William Franklyn Jacqueline Bisset

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