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Year
1965
Runtime
107 min.
Director
Otto Preminger
Genres
Thriller, Mystery
Rating *
7.3
Votes *
4,054
Checks
871
Favs
65
Dislikes
1
Favs/checks
7.5% (1:13)
Favs/dislikes
65:1
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  1. MilenaFlaherty's avatar

    MilenaFlaherty

    Watched again last night. Had forgotten so much of it. RIP Carol Lynley. 11 months ago
  2. senorroboto's avatar

    senorroboto

    Some really impressive camerawork and sound design, in addition to the reliable Preminger touchstones of titles by Saul Bass and a judiciously used jazz score. (Some fun diegetic soundtrack in there too)

    It takes a while to find its momentum but what a frenetic, insane finale!
    5 years ago
  3. GrooveRemote's avatar

    GrooveRemote

    Bunny Lake is Missing is disappointing, and only because most of it is so good. The premise is that an American woman, Annie Lake (Carol Lynley), moves to England and one day she eaves her daughter at pre-school only for her to disappear without a trace. Or did she leave her there to begin with?

    The film is a maze of possibilities, and I found I didn't really have any one idea of what was going on. You cannot take anything for granted. Laurence Olivier plays a police superintendent taking charge of the case, and while in some part he seems to share the audience's sense of bewilderment he's also fairly enigmatic in and of himself, which only adds to the feeling of hysteria.

    Carol Lynley, though her line delivery can be stiff, won me over. She does play a convincingly hysteric mother, to just the right degree at which you wonder if she might be a little bit too hysteric. Keir Dullea of 2001: A Space Odyssey fame, however, is undoubtedly excellent. He's instantly believable right from the first scene as Annie's controlling brother. Martita Hunt was a stand-out, and Noel Coward was outstandingly creepy, only he doesn't overplay the creepiness, either. He embodies creepy in a quirky vein.

    The bulk of the film is really good. I'll agree with senorroboto in some part and say that the build-up might be slow for some (I tend to like slow build-up as long as it builds to something worth the wait), but I'm not sure if I feel the same way about the ending. I've read a fair bit of praise for the ending, but I'll explain to you who've seen it why it didn't work for me. Don't read on if you haven't seen the movie yet, because I definitely think it's worth keeping yourself in suspense. Now, then: spoiler

    So, there it is. Like I said, most of what's here is very good, and this could be a thriller of great stature if you tweaked a few things. Even that aside, it's still pretty good. If you, like me, find a little mindbending thrill to be a good time, it's for you.
    7 months ago
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