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With The Wicker Man getting a 40th anniversary dust-off and re-release, it got me thinking again about how rare it is that a film (or indeed a film-maker) has the stones to really plumb the depths of despair in its finale. It of course goes without saying that plenty of films have dark and desperate moments, but since the general trend is towards the cathartic nature of upbeat endings and our perceived need to go out of the theatre on a high point, lots of the interim darkness is alleviated before the credits finally roll.

Take a film like Schindler’s List. It is hard to make a case for anything in recorded history being as dark and desperate as the Holocaust, yet the tale of rescue and redemption that sits at the core of the film becomes the prevailing emphasis at the end, as the surviving relatives of the »

- Dave Roper

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