Saturday, 29 March 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 111: Tue Apr 22

The Very Edge (Frankel, 1962): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.10pm

Here is the BFI introduction: A surprisingly tense drama, scripted by Elizabeth Jane Howard, the respected novelist and one-time wife of Kingsley Amis. A young professional couple’s married life in an achingly clean, modern house is overturned by the arrival of a stalker. Richard Todd excels as the petulant, impatient husband who ruins a police trap. Jeremy Brett is equally convincing as the scary, brutal stalker from the wrong side of the tracks. Jack Hedley impresses as the world-weary police inspector, and Patrick Magee is a suitably unsettling handyman. What is remarkable and unexpected about the film, however, is Anne Heywood’s transition from a ‘Stepford Wife’ to a woman who is determined, literally, to ‘stand on her own two feet’.

Introduced by Nigel Algar, BFI Senior Curator (Fiction).

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