Sunday, 11 September 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 289: Sun Oct 16

Private Property (Stevens, 1960): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.45pm


60th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (5th-16th October 2016) DAY 11
 
Every day (from October 5th to October 16th) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is all the information you need about the best way to get tickets.

This film also screens at the LFF on October 8th. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Released in 1960—the same year as Psycho and Michael Powell's Peeping Tom—this pervy low-budget thriller stars Corey Allen and a babyish Warren Oates as drifters who arrive in LA, follow a statuesque blond (Kate Manx) back to her home in the Hollywood Hills, and spy on her from the vacant house next door, waiting for the right moment to rape her. Leslie Stevens, a TV writer directing his debut feature, pays homage to Hitchcock in the dialogue and, in like fashion, gives his heroine a complicating psychological wrinkle: neglected by her workaholic husband and starved for attention, she's easy prey when Allen's character, a smooth-talking menace, appears at her door posing as a down-and-out landscaper. Stevens shot the movie in ten days at his own home, casting his wife in the lead and drawing a gentle, appealing performance from Manx in her first big-screen role. He would go on to create the sci-fi anthology series The Outer Limits; she would divorce him and commit suicide at age 34.
JR Jones 

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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