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Crescendo (1970)

A young American woman Susan Roberts goes to the south of France to do her thesis research on a recently deceased composer, staying with his eccentric relatives.

Director:

Alan Gibson

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Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Alfred Shaughnessy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stefanie Powers ... Susan Roberts
James Olson ... Georges Ryman / Jacques Ryman
Margaretta Scott ... Danielle Ryman
Jane Lapotaire ... Lillianne
Joss Ackland ... Carter
Kirsten Lindholm Kirsten Lindholm ... Catherine (as Kirsten Betts)
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New York based graduate student Susan Roberts has just arrived in France to do research for her Masters thesis on the works of the late composer, Henry Ryman. She is staying indefinitely at the rural isolated estate of Ryman's widow, Danielle Ryman, on her invitation. There, Susan will have access to Henry's materials. Beyond Danielle, Carter the valet, and Lillianne the maid, the only other person living at the estate is Henry and Danielle's son, Georges Ryman. Georges is wheelchair-bound from an accident suffered six years ago, which ended what looked to be the start of a promising tennis career. Georges admits that he probably disappointed his parents by not being musically inclined like most people in their family. Susan learns that she has a strong resemblance to Georges' ex-girlfriend Catherine, who left him after the accident. Susan can see that Georges suffers both from physical and emotional pain, the latter more than just the emasculation he admits he feels from being in a ... Written by Huggo

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The night the loving ended and the killing began! See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Concierto inacabado See more »

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Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film was released as part of a double bill with Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970). See more »

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Referenced in Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989) See more »

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A decent late period Hammer thriller
24 September 2017 | by rdoyle29See all my reviews

Stefanie Powers stars as a graduate student who travels to the home of a recently deceased composer to study his work. In addition to his widow, his son (James Olsen) lives in the house. He was a tennis player who has been bound to a wheelchair due to an accident. Powers discovers she bears a striking resemblance to his girlfriend who left him after the accident. She falls for him, but things are not exactly what they seem to be. One of the last psycho-thrillers made by Hammer. The cast is good, with Joss Ackland also appearing as a household servant. The film really drags during the laborious set up, but it has a satisfying and somewhat surprising climax.


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