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This British film was much more popular in Italy than in Britain. Director Sidney Gilliat expressed admiration for the Italian title - which translates as "Champagne After The Funeral" - and wished he had thought of it for a British title. See more »
Greta (Britt Ekland's character) is shown floating in the indoor pool, face down and naked. She was wearing underwear immediately before her death. See more »
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Gripping, unusual Agatha Christie mystery. Splendid on all counts.
One of the rare, gratifying occasions when a mediocre book is transformed by
experts into a first-rate, memorable movie.
"Endless Night" was one of Agatha Christie's last novels--also one of her
least satisfying. A macabre romance about a wealthy young American heiress
(the glorious Hayley Mills in a mesmerizing, haunting performance) who falls
in love with and impulsively marries her sexy albeit mysterious chauffeur
(the wonderfully versatile Hywell Bennett who teamed with Ms. Mills in two
previous films, the tender comedic drama "The Family Way" and the
still-shocking psychosexual thriller "The Twisted Nerve").
The happy lovebirds build their dreamhouse (still an architectural wonder)
in England's remote Lake District (lusciously photographed in stunning
Technicolor), away from the prying eyes of her avaricious relatives, and
their tenderly rendered love story seems headed for a deserved happy
ending--until the final reel suddenly reveals a totally unexpected twist
that I guarantee will astound even the most astute mystery buff, and leave
the hapless viewer in a state of shaken anxiety and sadness. Such an unusual
denoument didn't work on the printed page; on film it's a bona fide shocker,
thanks to the mastery of its two leads, a knockout turn by the stunning
Britt Ekland (as one of Ms. Mills' parasitic relatives), the expert
direction by Sidney Gilliatt, and the magificently eerie soundtrack by
Bernard Herrmann, no less.
"Endless Night" was never released theatrically in the U.S. Properly
promoted, it would have made a boxoffice killing. I caught its American
premiere on a pay-cable station, expecting nothing (the book was hopeless)
and, much to my amazement, finding myself enthralled by this classy artistic
treat. Psychological thrillers don't come any better than "Endless Night,"
which lulls the viewer into a state of bliss not unlike its romantic
leads--until the startlingly savage twist ends the film with a disturbing
(and heartbreaking) resonance.
Hywell Bennett and the grown-up Hayley Mills were two of the finest (not to
mention comeliest) young British actors of the late '60s and early '70s, and
"Endless Night" might well be their most memorable hour-and-a-half.
A must-see for mystery buffs; highly recommended for everyone
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