Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964, GBR) B&W-116m. *** D: Bryan Forbes. Starring Kim Stanley, Richard Attenborough, Nanette Newman, Mark Eden, Gerald Sim, Patrick Magee, Judith Donner. Outstanding psycho drama about psychotic medium Stanley, who plots to kidnap girl of rich family, hoping to get a reward for her "help" in locating the girl. Intimidated husband Attenborough reluctantly agrees to help with the scheme. Well-directed, brilliantly acted, not easily forgotten movie that some rightfully regard as a classic. Stanley should have won an Oscar (she was nominated). Interestingly, she suffered from psychosis in real life (revealed by director Forbes in an interview on the 2003 DVD). Terrific score by John Barry. Based on the novel by Mark McShane, remade by Kiyoshi Kurosawa for Japanese TV in 2000 (as KOREI). Referenced in Dario Argento's TRAUMA (1993).


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