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The Haunting of M. (1979)

 |  Horror  |  May 1981 (USA)
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An Eastern European family finds itself haunted by the spirit of a dead suitor.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheelagh Gilbey ...
Marianna
Nini Pitt ...
Halina
Evie Garratt ...
Daria
Alan Hay ...
Karol
Jo Scott Matthews ...
Aunt Teresa
William Bryan ...
Marion
Peter Austin ...
Stefan
Ernest Bale ...
Stahu
Isolde Cazelet ...
Yola
Varvara Pepper ...
Irka
Peter Stenson ...
Doctor
Jenny Greenaway ...
Gypsy
Gwen Williams ...
Cousin Julia
Ruby Melvin ...
Cousin Maria
Willie Payne ...
Priest
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This ghost story, set at the turn of the century, centers on the plight of elderly dowager Marianna, who is tormented by the alleged specter of a young man roaming the corridors of her mansion. After spotting a face in an old photograph that seems to match the old woman's description of the "visitor", Marianna's sister decides to check things out and see if any of this is for real. Written by Ørnås

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Very emotional and thrilling
9 June 2004 | by (Vinkeveen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie over 20 years ago, but with a few others still haunts me. The music of Chopin and Janacek, together with the sepia dark images works very effective on your emotions and mood. Years after I can still feel the effects of this movie with the final epitome when the ghost tries to take the haunted M with him (to the world of ghosts?). A soft wind can be heard blowing through the trees, the music quite soft, sombre and romantic, the light is almost absent: all is set for this final important moment in the movie.

Together with the earlier movies of Ingmar Bergman, Antonioni and the also forgotten masterpiece of Schlöndorff "Die Fällschung" (destruction of Beirut), I rank this movie to the highest order of the art.


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