World of Films@Montclair Public Library
10/06 - THE INNOCENTS (1961) – Repressed Victoria governess (is there ever any other kind) remarkably well-played by Deborah Kerr finds that she has met her match in two angelic children left in her charge by Michael Redgrave on a large estate in the middle of nowhere. Spirits appear and disappear regularly, and we are never quite sure what is real and what isn’t in this black-and-white masterpiece directed by Jack Clayton from a Truman Capote screenplay based on Henry James' The Turn of the Screw.
10/27 - THE HAUNTING (1963) – Robert Wise – yes, that Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Sound of Music) reaches back to his black-and-white horror roots with Val Lewton and comes up with a truly frightening version of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. Starring two grande dames of the theatre not normally associated with genre (Julie Harris and Claire Bloom), Wise and cinematographer Davis Boulton create some truly memorable and frightening images by using low-angle shots and unusual pans and tracking shots. The minimal musical score by Humphrey Searle adds to the overall spine-tingling effect of this one-of-a-kind classic. THIS FILM WILL BEGIN AT 2pm
11/17 - THE OTHER (1972) – Often overlooked film that somehow got lost in the brouhaha over The Exorcist, this film (our only color offering) begins as a lyrical childhood fantasy about a dreamy summer in 1935 rural Connecticut, takes a turn with a series of gruesome “accidents” and never looks back until the horrifying conclusion. Touching on subjects ranging from sibling rivalry to astral projection and infanticide, director Robert Mulligan brings author/actor Tom Tryon’s best seller to life with stunning performances including one by theatre legend Uta Hagen as Ada. Tricky camera work will keep you guessing and seeing “dead people” long before The Sixth Sense made them a cliché.