Psyche 59 (1964)

ALEXANDER SINGER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BUnited Kingdom1964.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Troy-Schenck Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Francoise de Ligneris’ novel is adapted to the big screen with the dullest possible results.  Patricia Neal is excellent as a woman suffering hysterical blindness after a tumble down a flight of stairs leaves her at the mercy of her husband (, so emotionless he could be a statue) and good friend/assistant Ian Bannen (the best in the film).  When Neal announces that her little sister (Samantha Eggar) is coming to stay with them after the dissolution of yet another of her whirlwind marriages, Jurgens is hesitant to let the young woman’s feisty personality back into their lives and, over the course of the film, we find out why.  What should be the investigation of a woman’s heart and soul is actually a dry melodrama with dim-witted characters and lifeless direction, truly a chore to sit through.

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