Adapted by John and Penelope Mortimer from a novel by Marryam Model and directed by Otto Preminger.
Preminger’s foray into Hitchcock territory is a bizarre and suspenseful study in motherhood, kindness, enigma and insanity. Carol Lynley is Bunny’s distraught American mother in London who goes missing at a private school, triggering a police hunt led by Laurence Olivier. An array of British thespians including Martita Hunt and Noel Coward are in support.
Critically dismissed at the time the film was championed by auteur theorist Andrew Sarris and has gained something of a cult following. Don’t miss the opening credit sequence designed by the iconic Saul Bass.