The title refers to the creatures a very poor addled old lady (Dame Edith Evans) imagines in her paranoid fantasies. They lurk behind every drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet. They listen ...
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The title refers to the creatures a very poor addled old lady (Dame Edith Evans) imagines in her paranoid fantasies. They lurk behind every drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet. They listen all coiled up in a silent radio. The old lady is on to all their tricks, and she tells them so repeatedly. She reports them regularly to the police who scoff at her behind her back. The whisperers, however, are only part of her fantasy life. She imagines also that she is a daughter of aristocracy, an heiress waiting for her money to arrive so that she can pay back the nice gentleman at the Welfare Board. Her routine is shattered irrevocably by the return of her thieving son and vagrant husband, a brief fling with stolen money ending dismally in the gutter where the poor prey on the poor. Written by
Winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress----Drama, as well as Best Actress honors from the BAFTAs, New York Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review and the Berlin Film Festival, Edith Evans was the awards season frontrunner for the Best Actress Oscar. However, in what many felt was a sympathy vote on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences part, the award went to Katharine Hepburn (who also scored at the BAFTAs) for her role in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?", which was also the final film for her longtime co-star and lover Spencer Tracy. See more »
The old kitchen curtain is shown in scene after Archie leaves, while Margaret is moping around the apartment. The new curtains are shown again after she returns from seeing Mr. Conrad at the National Assistance Board. See more »
The super-talented film-maker Bryan Forbes directs a very eerie treatise on the various cruelties inherent with old age. 'The Whisperers' is an extremely powerful work of eerie cinema that has lost none of the power to enthrall and perturb in equal measures; I have long been a fan of Forbes's work, and I still feel that'The Whisperers' remains one of his very best films.
One must mention Edith Evans who is completely mesmerizing, and surely delivers one of cinema's most genuinely affecting performances here; and it is a cultural travesty that this masterpiece has been allowed to mildew away in entirely unwarranted obscurity. (someone release this fine film now!) Forbes's 'The Whisperers' along with his equally unsettling 'Seance on a wet afternoon' are arguably two of the most rewarding works of dark melodrama produced within the UK's cinematic Renaissance of the 1960's.
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