An eccentric flamboyant critic, who's staying at a lodge in the Irish woods, makes a bet with a mild-mannered skeptical writer, that the legend about the sad banshee haunting the forest searching for her lover is real.
An American visiting a remote Irish manor hears an eerie moan from the grounds. Braving the dark night, the man sees a beautiful woman flitting across the moor. When he returns to the house, his host, an inveterate practical joker, informs him the woman is really a banshee and dares him to confront her. Written by
The egotistical film director John Hampton is a thinly-veiled portrait of John Huston, and the story dramatises the relationship between Huston and Ray Bradbury while the latter was collaborating with Huston on the film Moby Dick (1956) in Ireland in 1954. See more »
The American screenplay writer Douglas Rogers (Charles Martin Smith) travels by taxi to the old manor of the director John Hampton (Peter O'Toole) in the countryside of Dublin to show his last work. He finds in John an extravagant man with a peculiar sense of humor. When they hear a moaning in the woods, John tells Douglas that it is a Banshee (Jennifer Dale) ("a female spirit in Gaelic folklore believed to presage, by wailing, a death in a family") wandering in the woods and challenges the writer to meet her. Douglas believes it is a prank of John and meets a weird woman that claims that she is there for William, but pointing to John inside the house. Douglas tells the writer about his meeting with the Banshee and the director believes it is a joke from the American writer, living the mansion to find the woman and his fate.
"Banshee" is a promising episode of "The Ray Bradbury Theater", but unfortunately I lost many words said by Peter O'Toole and Michael Copeman due to their accent. The development of the plot is great but the conclusion is a little deceptive. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Banshee"
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