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I first saw this film when I was about 12 years old and it scared the living daylights out of me. I saw it again recently on a nice DVD with a print from the UCLA archives and enjoyed it once more with less of the initial reaction of a 12 year old.
There are a number of elements in this productions favour.
The setting of the swamps and the remote plantation provide generous doses of eeriness for starters.
Oberon, whose star was on the decline, is perfect with her very British genteelness and performance of a woman in a vulnerable state. We are given indicators (such as the her discarded telegram) early on, that all is not well - she thinks she in going deeper into madness. She pulls this off very well.
I am a huge fan of the orchestral scoring during this period, however the lack of it here, and instead lots of sounds of the swamps, adds generously to the suspense, in addition to a number of nighttime shots.
The directors montage at the start of the film is a perfect and dramatic beginning to one of the sleeper suspense films of the period.
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