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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT206-BR

10 RILLINGTON PLACE (1971) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Richard Attenborough, John Hurt, Judy Geeson, Pat Heywood, Isobel Black, Phyllis Macmahon
Directed By:  Richard Fleischer
Composed By:  John Dankworth

“Richard Fleischer has turned out an authenticated documentary-feature which is an absorbing and disturbing picture…the acting honors are firmly wrapped up by John Hurt…He gives a remarkably subtle and fascinating performance as the bewildered young man who plays into the hands of both the murderer and the police.”
– Variety

“All kinds of authenticity in everything from chamber pots to courtrooms…Fleischer refuses to sensationalize the subject.”
– Vincent Canby, The New York Times

10 Rillington Place (1971) is a true-life crime drama directed by Richard Fleischer (Violent Saturday) and starring Richard Attenborough, John Hurt, and Judy Geeson. Based on the case of British serial killer John Christie (Attenborough), the film also explores the miscarriage of justice against his damaged neighbor, Timothy Evans (Hurt). Featuring a score by John Dankworth, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.66:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1971 / Color
111 MINUTES
NOT RATED

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Actress Judy Geeson, and Film Historians Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman / Audio Commentary with Actor John Hurt / Original Theatrical Trailer

  
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Posted by Mark Turner on July 28, 2017 12:59 PM
COLD AND CALCULATING

I’d heard of this movie years ago, seeing a picture of it in a book on horror films and recalling the ad campaign when it came out in theaters. Being young at the time it didn’t register much with my interests and it wasn’t until years went by that I wondered what it was about and if it were any good. With this release from Twilight Time that curiosity finally had a chance to be satiated and I got to discover the answer to that questions.

Based in the real life account of serial killer John Christie (Richard Attenborough) it tells the story of a man that everyone considered a mild mannered older gent who along with his wife lives at the address in the title. To make ends meet they rent out an apartment on the upper floor to tenants. Unknown to his wife is that John has been killing those same tenants and burying them in the backyard.

Passing himself off as a medical expert, having had some small amount of training in the military, Christie lures women to his home for treatment for various illnesses. What they end up with instead is being murdered. What was probably more controversial at the time the film was released is the fact that Christie also found sexual release in handling the bodies once they were deceased. Nothing blatant mind you but the topic is obvious.

Into the lives of Christie and his wife enter Beryl and Tim Evans (Judy Geeson and John Hurt). The pair are doing their best to make ends meet and have a new baby along with them. Renting the upstairs apartment Beryl becomes the focus of Christie whose intentions we are well aware of. Not only is this a horrifying situation involving a new mother and child, the end result which we know will happen, he convinces Tim that he is to blame for it all.

The question that follows is what will be the undoing of Christie? Since history tells us he was revealed and captured, how did this happen? And what of the family’s whose lives he touched? What of Tim who blames himself for the events that took place at 1 Rillington Place?

The film is not one for a generation of quick cuts and fast paced storytelling. This is a slow burn, revealing the motives, passions and mysteries that surrounded John Christie. He’s not a sympathetic character at all but a curiosity instead. How he was able to not only take the lives of people but keep it hidden to the extent that he did is chilling.

All involved play their roles to the hilt. Hurt, an actor that most were unfamiliar with at the time, is the most animated of the bunch. Geeson, whose most well-known role prior was in TO SIR WITH LOVE, turns in a fine performance as well. But it is Attenborough who we focus on as the star of the film. His cold and calculating killer is one that sends chills in the methodic taking of lives he goes through. It makes you realize that once again it is rarely the manic screamer that we have to worry about and more often the neighbor who is described in words like “he always seemed like such a nice guy”.

As with every film released by Twilight Time they’ve done an amazing job with the transfer here, a crisp and clean version of the film that has never been done before. They are also limiting the number of copies available so if you’re interested pick up one before they’re gone.

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