Saturday, February 12, 2011

Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

Notes: 2/12/11
You can tell immediately that it's British. Good atmosphere.
Bernard Lee, one year before his signature role.
Certainly has an interesting story. Not preachy.
Alan Bates has a bit of a presence.
Hayley Mills is quite a little actress in this. Quite different from her Disney films.
Very evident allegory. Not really a children's movie. Actually a pretty thought-provoking story.

Review: B-
Thought-provoking drama, told from a child's perspective, about the discovery of a mysterious man whose presence causes an uproar among the young mind's of a small British town. Hayley Mills marvelously takes a mature detour from her Disney career and Alan Bates creates a strong screen presence in one of his first roles. Often surprising tale is told quite well.

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