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Faces in the Dark

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Faces in the Dark
"Faces in the Dark" (1960).jpg
British quad poster
Directed byDavid Eady
Screenplay byEphraim Kogan
John Tully
Based onLes Visages de l'ombre
by Boileau-Narcejac
Produced byJon Penington
StarringJohn Gregson
Mai Zetterling
John Ireland
Michael Denison
CinematographyKen Hodges
Edited byOswald Hafenrichter
Music byMikis Theodorakis
Production
company
Penington Eady Productions
Distributed byRank Film Distributors
Release date
22 November 1960
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Faces in the Dark is a 1960 black and white British thriller film directed by David Eady and starring John Gregson, Mai Zetterling and John Ireland.[1] The film is based on the 1952 novel Les Visages de l'ombre by Boileau-Narcejac.[2]

It was shot at Shepperton Studios with sets designed by the art director Anthony Masters.[1]

Plot

Richard Hammond, an aggressive and ambitious business mogul and inventor, with little or no time for his wife, friends or family, is blinded in an explosion, on the same day which his long-suffering wife had planned to leave him. he becomes even more bitter at life.

His wife is a devious woman, and is plotting with her lover in an attempt to make her husband think he's going insane, in the hope that he will take his own life and leave them free to pursue their illicit affair in peace.[3]

Because he is blind when he encounters the lovers in bed the man just has to stay silent to evade detection.

Hammond gets wise to their plan.

Cast

Critical reception

The Radio Times wrote "this tale of blindness and rage should have been a real nail-biter. Sadly, ex-documentary director David Eady simply doesn't have the thriller instinct and throws away countless opportunities to make the tension unbearable."[4] However, TV Guide wrote that "The film has some pot-holes, but the chilling climax is smooth as glass";[5] and Allmovie noted "Although there may be a few minor gaps here and there in the storyline, Faces in the Dark is a suspenseful drama."[6]

References

  1. ^ a b "BFI | Film & TV Database | FACES IN THE DARK (1960)". 14 January 2009. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
  2. ^ Goble, Alan (8 September 2011). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110951943 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ The Times, The Gaiety That Was Greece, 21 November 1960
  4. ^ "Faces in the Dark – review | cast and crew, movie star rating and where to watch film on TV and online". Radio Times.
  5. ^ "Faces In The Dark | TV Guide". TVGuide.com.
  6. ^ "Faces in the Dark (1960) - David Eady | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie" – via www.allmovie.com.

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