The Very Edge (Frankel, 1962): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.10pm
Here is the BFI introduction: A surprisingly tense drama, scripted by Elizabeth Jane Howard, the
respected novelist and one-time wife of Kingsley Amis. A young
professional couple’s married life in an achingly clean, modern house is
overturned by the arrival of a stalker. Richard Todd excels as the
petulant, impatient husband who ruins a police trap. Jeremy Brett is
equally convincing as the scary, brutal stalker from the wrong side of
the tracks. Jack Hedley impresses as the world-weary police inspector,
and Patrick Magee is a suitably unsettling handyman. What is remarkable
and unexpected about the film, however, is Anne Heywood’s transition
from a ‘Stepford Wife’ to a woman who is determined, literally, to
‘stand on her own two feet’.
Introduced by Nigel Algar, BFI Senior Curator (Fiction).