The Company of Wolves

Admirably attempting an adult approach to traditional fairy tale material, The Company of Wolves nevertheless represents an uneasy marriage between old-fashioned storytelling and contemporary screen explicitness.

With:
Angela Lansbury David Warner Stephen Rea Tusse Silberg Sarah Patterson Graham Crowden

Admirably attempting an adult approach to traditional fairy tale material, The Company of Wolves nevertheless represents an uneasy marriage between old-fashioned storytelling and contemporary screen explicitness.

Virtually the entire film is the dream of the gravely beautiful adolescent Sarah Patterson. Within her dream are other dreams and stories told by others, all of which gives director Neil Jordan, who penned the screenplay with story originator Angela Carter, free imaginative rein, but which also gives the tale a less than propulsive narrative.

Anton Furst’s elaborate forest settings, all created within studio-confines, are lovely. Jordan maneuvers well within them, even if Bryan Loftus’ lush lensing is sometimes so dark that a claustrophobic feeling sets in.

The Company of Wolves

UK

Production: ITC/Palace. Director Neil Jordan; Producer Chris Brown, Stephen Woolley; Screenplay Angela Carter, Neil Jordan; Camera Bryan Loftus; Editor Rodney Holland; Music George Fenton;; Art Director Anton Furst

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: Angela Lansbury David Warner Stephen Rea Tusse Silberg Sarah Patterson Graham Crowden

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