Seance On A Wet Afternoon


(out of 5)

 is riveting as a British medium who devises a crafty plan to promote her services and make her and her husband rich. They decide that he () will kidnap the young daughter of a wealthy family, and then convince the parents to use her telepathic skills to find the girl, thus getting her name into every newspaper in England. At first we the audience are willing to buy into Stanley’s gift for seeing into the spirit world, but once she starts going on about her lengthy conversations with her own dead infant, we start to wonder if maybe she isn’t playing up her abilities in order to make up for her personal loss. The film is brilliantly directed, featuring tight suspense sequences that will leave you breathless, and an absolutely captivating screenplay that never lets you go for a second. This is one the high points of British new wave cinema from the sixties.

United Kingdom, 1964

Directed by

Screenplay by Bryan Forbes, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cast Tags:  

Academy Award Nomination
Best Actress (Kim Stanley as “Myra Savage”)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Actress (Kim Stanley)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Actress (Kim Stanley)
Top Ten Films

British Academy Award
Best British Actor (Richard Attenborough)

Best Foreign Actress (Kim Stanley)
Best British Screenplay
Best British Cinematography (BW)



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