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|Stephanie Beacham||Miss Margaret Jessel|
|Thora Hird||Mrs. Grose|
|Harry Andrews||Master of the House|
|Michael Winner||Director, Producer|
|Jerry Fielding||Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Herbert Westbrook||Art Director|
Posted October 1, 2010
This adapting of the Henry James novel is certainly not what I read in school. Although Marlon Brando's "dialog" is unintelligible at times, he puts in a strong performance as Peter Quint. A combination of lovable rogue, a sadistic son of a so and so, but who is good with Miles and Flora, he turns in an interesting performance. Stephanie Beacham, as the seemingly prim and proper Miss Jessel, but who allows Quint's cruelty (particularly in the more "intimate" [shall we say] part of their complex relationship, is also good. [She may surprise some with her display of flesh in a few points in the movie, but it isn't necessarily essential to the story, but she's not bad.] Anyway, there are some disturbing points, e.g., when the children imitate the behavior (as seen by Miles) between the brother and sister [as well it should. It is a disturbing, dark, movie, but well done.
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