Crescendo (1970 film)

Crescendo is a 1970 British psychological thriller film directed by Alan Gibson and starring Stefanie Powers, James Olson and Margaretta Scott.[3] It was made by Hammer Film Productions.

Crescendo
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UK quad film poster
Directed byAlan Gibson
Produced byMichael Carreras[1]
Screenplay by
Starring
Music byMalcolm Williamson[1]
CinematographyPaul Beeson[1]
Edited byChris Barnes[1]
Production
company
Distributed byWarner-Pathe[2]
Release date
  • 7 May 1970 (1970-05-07) (London)
  • 7 June 1970 (1970-06-07) (United Kingdom)
Running time
95 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom[2]
Budget£302,000[1]

PlotEdit

Drawn to the spectacular south of France to research the late composer Henry Ryman, music student Susan Roberts (Stefanie Powers) encounters his son, drug-addicted Georges (James Olson) and his eccentric family. Investigating the haunting strains of an unfinished Ryman concerto leads Susan to discover an empty piano… and a brutally savaged mannequin! Georges tells her she's the lookalike of his lost love. But Susan may not be the only one at the villa with an eerie doppelgänger.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Alfred Shaughnessy wrote the script in the mid 60s. In 1966, Michael Reeves approached Hammer Films with the script. James Carreras tried for two years to make it with Joan Crawford but could not get financing. In 1969, the project was reactivated, with Jimmy Sangster hired to rewrite the script and Alan Gibson to direct.[4]

ReleaseEdit

Crescendo premiered in London on 7 May 1970 at the New Victoria Theatre.[1] It received a general release on 7 June 1970 by Warner-Pathe in support of Taste the Blood of Dracula .[1] It was distributed in the United States by Warner Brothers on 29 November 1971.

Its performance at the box office was disappointing.[5]

The film was released to DVD by the Warner Archive Collection in March 2009.

ReceptionEdit

In a contemporary review, the Monthly Film Bulletin found the film to be "Another Hammer horror, and within its own terms quite a spirited offering" noting that Gibson has "injected a gratuitous amount of sex into the story but otherwise presents the usual mixture with sure style and a good eye for colour."[2] The review went ont to state that "the dialogue does creak somewhat, but the next Hammer surprise is never far away; even the butler turns out to have a fequent inmate of asylums, though he seems about as normal as anyone else in the film."[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Fellner 2019, p. 74.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Crescendo". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 37 no. 437. British Film Institute. June 1970. p. 127.
  3. ^ "Crescendo (1970)". Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
  4. ^ Marcus Hearn, The Hammer Vault, Titan Books, 2011 p117
  5. ^ David Hanks Crescendo at EOFFTV 2009 accessed 14 April 2014

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